Guatemalan president tests positive for COVID-19

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Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus sings the national anthem during the independence day celebration in Guatemala City, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Guatemala and Central America are celebrating 199 years of independence from Spain. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said on Friday that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Giammattei made the announcement to Sonora, a local radio station.
He said he feels well, is showing typical symptoms of high fever and body aches and has been treated at the Centro Medico Militar, one of the hospitals designated to treat COVID-19 patients in Guatemala City.

In a live appearance on the Guatemalan government website, Giammettei said he’s following his doctor’s recommendations, “resting and isolating myself from all public activity,” though he said, “your government continues to work.”

Giammettei said he’s asked his entire cabinet to be tested and to work remotely, reports npr.

The Central American country closed its borders with Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico as well as its international airports on March 16.

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