Before news of President Donald Trump’s positive Covid-19 diagnosis reverberated around the globe, other world leaders and public figures had tested positive in the pandemic.

Here is a list of notables from around the world who have fallen sick during the public health crisis.

Boris Johnson

The Prime Minister of Britain contracted Covid-19 badly in April and was urgently hospitalized and later transferred to an intensive care unit for three nights. Johnson, 55, was not put on a ventilator but received oxygen.

He later said “the doctors had all sorts of arrangements for what to do if things went badly wrong,” and added his fears that it could have “gone either way.” Around the same time, Britain’s Health Minister Matt Hancock, leading the country’s pandemic response, also announced he had tested positive, plunging the country into further crisis. Both have now recovered but Britain remains the nation with Europe’s highest coronavirus death toll.

After downplaying the severity of the coronavirus pandemic for months, Brazil’s President announced in July that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He quickly shrugged-off the illness and said he felt well. The 65-year-old had previously said that his history as an athlete would protect him from the virus and that it would be nothing more than a “little flu.”

Bolsonaro also championed his use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug also favored by Donald Trump in the past — the drug has not been proven effective against Covid-19.

Source : NBC News


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