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By Charles Apple
The Spokesman-Review

After months of downplaying the coronavirus and the use of face masks – and two days after he mocked Democratic Joe Biden for wearing “the biggest mask I’ve ever seen” – and flaunting local rules against large gatherings in order to hold political rallies, President Donald Trump announced late Thursday he and his wife, Melania, had tested positive for COVID-19. He’s just the latest worldwide political leader to contract the coronavirus.


Fifteen countries where leaders have tested positive or quarantined because of COVID-19


Prince Albert II

MONACO

AGE: 62

Prince Albert was the first head of state to test positive on March 19. He didn’t require hospitalization, but his treatment was overseen by specialists at Princess Grace Hospital Centre, named for his mother. Albert experienced few symptoms and worked from self-quarantine in his apartment for the rest of the month.


Jeanine Áñez

INTERIM PRESIDENT, BOLIVIA

AGE: 53

Áñez took office in January after President Evo Morales was ousted. She – and several other government officials – tested positive in July. Áñez experienced only mild symptoms and self-isolated for two weeks. She was running to keep the office but dropped out of the race in mid-September.


Jair Bolsonaro

PRESIDENT, BRAZIL

AGE: 65

Bolsonaro called the coronavirus “a nasty cold” and downplayed the pandemic, attending rallies and greeting supporters without wearing a mask. He tested positive in July, had only mild symptoms and then claimed it wasn’t so bad – despite the fact that 144,000 people in his country have died of the virus.


Boris Johnson

PRIME MINISTER, UNITED KINGDOM

AGE: 56

Johnson was diagnosed in March. At first, he worked from home but then his symptoms worsened. Johnson spent three nights in an intensive care unit. When he returned to work in late April, Johnson locked down the country and warned about ending restrictions too early.


Prince Charles

HEIR TO THE BRITISH THRONE

AGE: 71

Prince Charles tested positive in March and then self-isolated on his royal estate in Scotland with only mild symptoms. His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, did not get the virus. Days before, Charles had met with Prince Albert of Monaco.


Alejandro Giammattei

PRESIDENT, GUATEMALA

AGE: 64

Giammattei – who has multiple sclerosis and walks with a cane – tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-September. He told the nation he had only mild symptoms – a few body aches and a bit of a cough but no fever. His government said Friday Giammattei has just about recovered.


Juan Orlando Hernández

PRESIDENT, HONDURAS

AGE: 51

Hernández tested positive in June, along with his wife and two aides. His symptoms at first were mild but when his condition worsened, he was hospitalized and spent several days on oxygen. When he was released in July, Hernández urged his country to “understand the seriousness of this issue.”


Abba Kyari

PRESIDENTIAL CHIEF OF STAFF, NIGERIA

AGE: 67

Kyari, the top aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, attended a series of meetings in Germany in March, tested positive upon his return and died in mid-April. Nigeria’s foreign minister also tested positive but recovered, as have eight state governors in the country hard-hit by COVID-19.


Ali Larijani

SPEAKER OF THE PARLIAMENT, IRAN

AGE: 62

Larijani was one of 23 members of the Iranian parliament to test positive in early April. Parliament was shut down. Larijani was hospitalized briefly and quarantined for 25 days before returning to work. In late July, Larijani was hospitalized and quarantined a second time with COVID-19.


Alexander Lukashenko

PRESIDENT, BELARUS

AGE: 66

In March, Lukashenko rejected the risks of the coronavirus, calling it a “frenzy and psychosis” and suggested those with the virus hit the saunas and drink vodka. In July, he admitted he had contracted the virus but had few symptoms – other than some hoarseness – and had recovered quickly.


Angela Merkel

CHANCELLOR, GERMANY

AGE: 66

Merkel self-isolated in March after her doctor tested positive. She received several negative test results, never showed any symptoms and returned to work in early April. In July, Merkel warned the European Parliament that some world leaders were relying on “fact-denying populism” and “lies and disinformation.”


Mikhail Mishustin

PRIME MINISTER, RUSSIA

AGE: 54

Mishustin took office in January and then tested positive in April. He self-isolated at home but was hospitalized when his symptoms became worse. By mid-May, he was able to teleconference into government meetings and he returned to his office by the end of that month.


Pranab Mukherjee

FORMER PRESIDENT, INDIA

AGE: 84

Mukherjee died on Aug. 31, three weeks after testing positive for the virus before surgery for a blood clot at an Indian army hospital. Mukherjee spent his final weeks in a coma on a ventilator. The Indian press played down the coronavirus angle, claiming his death was due to a lung infection.


Nikol Pashinyan

PRIME MINISTER, ARMENIA

AGE: 45

Pashinyan and his family tested positive in June. He said he had probably contracted the virus from a waiter in a restaurant who had later tested positive. Pashinyan said he never showed symptoms and that he had tested negative twice in two days. He came out of isolation after one week.


Justin Trudeau

PRIME MINISTER, CANADA

AGE: 48

Pashinyan and his family tested positive in June. He said he had probably contracted the virus from a waiter in a restaurant who had later tested positive. Pashinyan said he never showed symptoms and that he had tested negative twice in two days. He came out of isolation after one week.


Donald Trump

PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES

AGE: 74

Also testing positive Friday: Senior White House advisors Hope Hicks and Kellyanne Conway, two Republican senators and three White House correspondents. Later that day, Trump flew to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where his doctor said Trump began an experimental “antibody cocktail” treatment.

Sources: The New York Times, the Washington Post, Financial Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, MCT Graphics, CNN, ABC News, the BBC, Business Insider, Radio Farda, Anadolu Agency | ALL PHOTOS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS