High-profile individuals contract Coronavirus

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 00:00 |
Prince Charles.

George Kebaso @Morarak

As the Covid-19 pandemic  continues to ravage the world, having spread to at least 188 countries and territories, high-profile have not been spared with dozens across the globe contracting the virus that knows no boundaries. 

Top government officials, celebrities and sports personalities, are among the close to eight million people infected with the coronavirus first reported in China late last year.

The first high-profile global leader to contract the virus was UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who tested positive on March 27 and was hospitalised.

And two weeks later, his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire, was confirmed positive after returning from a trip in London.

While Grégoire was declared Covid-19 free after 17 days of sickness, Johnson’s condition deteriorated while was under quarantine at his home and ended up in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Earlier, Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, the highest-ranking woman in the government, had tested positive for the coronavirus infection on February 27 and had to confined to her home. 

On March 25, Prince Charles tested positive with Covid-19 after he showed mild systems. He recovered from the infection and came out of self-isolation on 30 March. 

“Although I have recovered, I am still practicing social distancing,” he said in a video address.

Ten days earlier, Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Four days later, the European Union’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, tested positive for Covid-19 on March 19. 

On the same day, Prince Albert II of Monaco also tested positive for Covid-19, making him the first reigning monarch or head of state to publicly announce a diagnosis for the coronavirus-caused respiratory disease.

On May 18, Riek Machar, South Sudan’s Vice President and his wife Angelina Teny also tested positive for the Corona.


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