BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA) – President Alberto Fernandez, the first-term Peronist leader tweeted that he has tested positive for coronavirus and is in good spirits despite having a slight fever.
“I am in good physical condition,” the president, who turned 62 on Friday, said in a tweet. He had received Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus early this year.
“I would have liked to end my birthday without this news, but I am in good spirits,” Fernandez tweeted.
He is in isolation, under COVID-19 protocols, but remains on the job. Argentina’s vice president is the country’s former leader Cristina Fernandez, no relation to the president.
The South American country has been on a lockdown of varying degrees for more than a year against the pandemic. COVID-19 has killed more than 56,000 Argentines so far. Some 682,868 Argentines have been fully vaccinated, with older people and health car workers getting priority, the government says.