On Friday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he had contracted the coronavirus during Finnish time. However, he is by no means the first head of state to be infected.
In the past, the disease has affected at least British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Bolivia Jeanine Áñez, President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez, Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala, and Albert II, Prince of Monaco. Infections have also been reported to numerous ministers and heads of state around the world.
Of the leaders who have previously had the disease, Johnson and Bolsonaro in particular are related to Trump. The three men are also united by the fact that all of them have had a rather tempting attitude towards the virus.
In addition, the states they lead are the worst affected by the corona pandemic on their continents: about 208,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States, about 145,000 in Brazil and about 42,000 in Britain.
The morbidity of popularity peaks
Britain’s Johnson, 56, reported his infection in late March. His government had previously been criticized in March for the slow pace of corona action, as Britain’s restrictive measures had long been limited compared to other European powers.
Johnson’s illness became so severe that the prime minister spent several days in intensive care and the administration even drew up plans for his death. Trump publicly wished a speedy recovery to “his good friend Boris”.
When Johnson recovered and returned to work in late April, he openly admitted he had experienced really hard times. Opinion polls do YouGovin according to Johnson, popularity peaked in mid-April during his term as prime minister.
However, there were no major changes in the government’s line: in May, the slogan of the corona campaign became the slogan “Stay alert” (“Stay alert”) Of the previous‘ Stay at home ’(‘Stay home”) Instead of prompting. In his communications, Johnson began to emphasize hope and a positive attitude towards the future so that the country’s economy could get to its feet quickly.
In the fall, however, with infection rates starting to rise again, the Johnson government has once again been criticized for punching over its corona guidelines. In recent days, around 7,000 coronary infections and dozens of corona deaths have been reported daily in Britain.
Bolsonaro, 65, who underestimated the danger posed by the coronavirus throughout the spring and summer, became infected in early July. The number of coronavirus infections detected in the country exceeded two million during the president’s illness.
Unlike Johnson, Bolsonaro boasted through his illness asymptomatic. After falling ill, among other things, he slammed his respirator theatrically in front of reporters and performed in the midst of large crowds. After recovering, Bolsonaro suggested that his improvement was also due to the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine marketed by Trump, which, however, has no benefits against the coronavirus found in the studies.
As might be expected, the coronary actions of the Bolsonaron administration did not change after the President’s illness. In Brazil, more than 30,000 coronary infections and between 800 and 1,000 deaths from the disease are still diagnosed every day.
At the end of August, however, Bolsonaro’s popularity had also risen to its highest level during his presidency, says Washington Post.
Ahtisaari was also ill
Among the former heads of state, COVID-19 has affected at least the President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, the former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and the President of the Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. They are all over 80 years old.
Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee died of the disease at the age of 84.