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Which politicians have tested positive for COVID-19?

Nobody is immune from the novel coronavirus. It doesn’t matter if you’re a politician, a professional athlete, a famous musician, or a stay-at-home parent, anybody can contract COVID-19. And millions of people around the world have, including these politicians who have coronavirus.

These U.S. politicians have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Miami, Florida Mayor Francis Suarez
  • John Bessler, husband of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • George Stephanopoulos, former White House communications director
  • Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • Donald Reed Herring, brother of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
  • Katie Miller, press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence
  • Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor, 2012 Republican presidential candidate
  • Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.)
  • Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate
  • Philip Gunn, Mississippi State House Speaker (R)
  • Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayor (D)
  • Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R)

These world leaders have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • Prince of Wales and heir to British throne Prince Charles
  • Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo
  • European Union Brexit Chief negotiator Michael Barnier
  • U.K. Health Department Minister Nadine Dorries
  • Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton
  • Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar
  • Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister 
  • Begona Gomez, wife of Spanish Prime Minister 
  • Spanish Catalonia leader Quim Torra
  • Brazilian Press Secretary Fabio Wajngarten
  • British Health Secretary Matthew Hancock
  • Riek Machar, vice president of South Sudan
  • Juan Orlando Hernández, Honduras president
  • Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro
  • Bolivia Interim President Jeanine Añez
  • Diosdado Cabello, socialist leader in Venezuela

On April 5, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital because of the coronavirus, 10 days after he became infected. Johnson tweeted that he’s in good spirits, and he reportedly remains in charge of the government.

On April 6, Downing Street released a statement saying that Johnson had been moved to the Intensive Care Unit. Three days later, Downing Street announced Johnson had recovered enough to be removed from the ICU, and on April 12, Johnson was released from the hospital.

On July 7, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the coronavirus perhaps more than any other major politician in the world, confirmed that he had been infected.

Sources: Al Jazeera, Business Insider, CNN


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