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President Of Honduras Tests Positive To COVID-19, Admitted To Hospital

President Of Honduras Tests Positive To COVID-19, Admitted To Hospital

Juan Orlando Hernandez, President of Honduras, has been admitted to the hospital after testing positive to COVID-19. 

According to an official count, Honduras has recorded 9,178 reported cases and 322 deaths, for the 9.3 million inhabitants of Honduras.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez was admitted to a military hospital in Tegucigalpa on Wednesday after announcing that he and his wife had tested positive to COVID-19.

According to the doctors who examined the head of state, Mr. Hernandez suffers from pneumonia. He has some pulmonary infiltrations (but) his general health is good the government spokesman Francis Contreras said.

Over the weekend I started to feel pain and today I was diagnosed with Covid-19 disease. The 51-year-old president told reporters on Tuesday that his wife had also been infected, but she is currently "asymptomatic".

Mr. Hernandez has been at the head of the country since 2013 and his re-election in November 2017 had been contested by the opposition during harshly repressed demonstrations. 

In 2019, new demonstrations broke out to demand his departure, after the promulgation of two decrees accused of privatizing health and education.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, Hernandez has led a prevention campaign, increasing press conferences to promote physical distancing, the use of masks and hand washing. But the number of patients is increasing despite the measures taken and the continuation of the curfew in force since March 16.

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