Argentine President Tests Positive For COVID-19

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(FILES) Handout file photo taken on June 10, 2020 released by Argentina’s Presidency of President Alberto Fernandez wearing a face mask with the colors of Argentina’s national flag and the map of the Malvinas / Falkland Islands at the Olivos Presidential residence in Olivos, Buenos Aires, on the Day of the Assertion of the Argentinian Rights over the Malvinas (Falklands), South Georgia, the South Sandwich and Surrounding Maritime Spaces.

Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez, who has been vaccinated against COVID-19, announced late Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“At the end of today, after presenting a fever of 37.3 and a slight headache, I performed an antigen test, which was positive,” he tweeted, adding he was waiting for the results of a PCR test to confirm the diagnosis.

The president, who turned 62 on Friday, was in isolation as a precaution but said he was “physically well.”

“Although I would have liked to end my birthday without this news, I am also in good spirits,” he said.

Fernandez was inoculated with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and had his second shot on February 11, sources in the presidency told AFP.

Argentina is facing a second wave of coronavirus with a sustained rise in cases.

The South American country of 44 million inhabitants has recorded more than 2.3 million infections and over 55,000 deaths from COVID19.

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