President Alberto Fernández has gone into isolation with suspected Covid-19 and is awaiting the result of a PCR test to confirm if he has the virus or not.
The Peronist leader delivered the news in a series of posts on Twitter in the first few minutes of Saturday morning. It was not the best present for the Argentine leader, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on Friday.
“I want to tell you that at the end of today, after presenting a fever of 37.3 and a slight headache, I performed an anti-gen [rapid coronavirus] test, which was positive.
“Although we are awaiting confirmation via a PCR test, I am already isolated, complying with the current protocols and following the instructions of my personal doctor,” wrote the president.
Fernández said he had contacted people he had met with over the past 48 hours to notify them. The Argentine leader was vaccinated against Covid-19 with the Sputnik V vaccine, produced by the Russian laboratory Gamaleya, on January 21 earlier this year. He received a second dose at the Olivos presidential residence on February 11, officials confirmed early Saturday.
“To inform everyone, I am physically well and, although I would have liked to end my birthday without this news, I am also in good spirits. I am grateful, from my soul, for the many expressions of affection that you have given me today, remembering my birthday,” he added.
The Frente de Todos leader called on citizens to be vigilant against the virus and to follow the government’s protocols to limit its spread.
The news will likely postpone the president’s meeting with Buenos Aires City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, due to take place at the Olivos presidential residence at 10am Saturday morning.
Argentina is currently on the brink of a second wave of the coronavirus with a sustained rise in cases. The country, with a population of around 45 million, has recorded more than 2.3 million cases and 56,000 deaths from Covid-19.