Covid-19 Infected Public Figures

Politics • American • Brazil
São Paulo governor tests positive for Covid-19
João Dória
João Dória Credit: Governo do Estado de São Paulo

São Paulo state governor, João Doria, announced Wednesday that he tested positive for Covid-19. He is the 11th governor to test positive for the disease in Brazil.

Doria, who is 62 years old, and therefore part of the group at risk for the disease, said she has no symptoms and feels well.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Zorro actor Antonio Banderas tests positive for Covid-19
Screenshot of the public statement
Screenshot of the public statement Credit: Antonio Banderas via Twitter

The actor has posted on his Twitter account that he has been tested positive for Covid-19 on his 60th birthday.

He stated that he is feeling relatively well, suffering from tiredness and that he is positive towards a fast recovery. During his isolation he is planning on reading, writing and making plans to "give meaning" to his past 60 years, stating that he has lots of enthusiasm.

Politics • American • US
Ohio Gov. DeWine second Covid-19 test came back negative
Ohio Gov. DeWine second Covid-19 test came back negative
Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock) / Public domain

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) announced late Thursday that he had tested negative for Covid-19, after initially testing positive shortly before he was scheduled to meet President Trump in Cleveland. The positive result came from an antigen test, which brings faster results but is believed to be less reliable. The second test was a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which delivered a negative result.

"In a second COVID-19 test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative," Gov. DeWine announced on Twitter.

Politics • American • US
Ohio Gov. DeWine tests positive for Covid-19 before planned Trump visit
DeWine at  at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 2019
DeWine at at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 2019 Credit: (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock) / Public domain

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) has tested positive for Covid-19. DeWine was scheduled to greet President Donald Trump at the Cleveland airport but was tested hours before the planned meeting as part of a standard screening protocol. He did not meet with Trump.

DeWine is currently asymptomatic and will be self-quarantining for the next 14 days, so his office.

Sports
F1: Sergio Perez tests positive for Covid-19
Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez Credit: Racing Point

The Mexican Sergio Perez has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not race on the British Grand Prix. Perez, the first driver to test positive, has gone into self-quarantine.

Racing Point team tweeted: "Sergio is physically well and in good spirits, but he will continue to self-isolate under the guidelines of the relevant public health authorities, with safety the ultimate priority for the team and the sport.".

Politics • American • Brazil
Brazilian first-lady Michelle Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
Michelle Bolsonaro
Michelle Bolsonaro Credit: Alan Santos/PR (Public Domain)

Brazil's first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, tested positive for Covid-19, the Brazilian Government announced Thursday.

In a statement, the Presidency also said that Michelle's health is good and that she will follow "all established protocols" for treating the disease.

The first lady's test came back positive days after President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he had been cured of the disease.

Politics • American • US
Arkansas US senator tested positive for Covid-19 after sharing article that describes virus as "hoax"
Arkansas US senator tested positive for Covid-19 after sharing article that describes virus as "hoax"
Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

The Republican senator for Arkansas Jason Rapert has contracted Covid-19 and has been hospitalised with pneumonia on July 24th.

While he previously shared an article on Facebook that has called the Covid-19 pandemic the "biggest political hoax in history" and criticised the mandatory mask order of the Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson. He described the order "an overreach of executive power without consultation with the members of the Arkansas legislature".

After being hospitalised, he then released a statement saying that "we have all been doing our best to wear a mask, social distance and be careful like everyone else. This virus is serious and can attack anyone regardless of age or general health".

Politics • American • US
Robert O'Brien, White House National Security Advisor, tests positive for Covid-19
White House National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien with President Donald J. Trump, September 2019
White House National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien with President Donald J. Trump, September 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Robert O'Brien, Donald Trump's National Security Advisor, has tested positive for Covid-19 and shows "mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site."

The White House further stated that there was "no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President."

Politics • American • Brazil
Brazil: Two cabinet members tested positive for Covid-19
Milton Ribeiro
Milton Ribeiro Credit: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Milton Ribeiro, Minister of Education, and Onyx Lorenzoni,  Minister of Citizenship, announced Monday they tested positive for Covid-19. They follow in the footsteps of President Jair Bolsonaro, who tested positive on July 7 after months of downplaying the virus.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced that in the last 24 hours, it accounted for 20,257 new confirmed cases and 632 deaths, bringing the totals to 2,118,646 cases and a death toll of 80,120 since the beginning of the outbreak.

Politics • American • US
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt first known U.S. governor to be infected with Covid-19
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt address his remarks during a roundtable discussion with Governors and small business owners on the reopening of America’s small businesses Thursday, June 18, 2020, in the State Dining Room of the White House.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt address his remarks during a roundtable discussion with Governors and small business owners on the reopening of America’s small businesses Thursday, June 18, 2020, in the State Dining Room of the White House. Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has been tested positive for Covid-19, making him the first known U.S. governor that has been infected with the novel Coronavirus. Stitt reported he was feeling fine except for a "little bit achy" and would be self-isolating and working from home for the foreseeable future.

Stitt has been pushing to reopen Oklahoma and has disregarded guidelines and advice from medical health professionals. He also attended Trump's Tulsa rally where he did not wear any face covering. Stitt doesn't believe he could have contracted the virus at the rally as it was "too long ago."

Sports
COVID-19 catches up with NBA star Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

With the NBA returns July 31st, fans are eagerly anticipating the return of players such as LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry, and many more, but Houston Rockets player Russell Westbrook posted on Twitter saying that he had tested positive for COVID-19. In the same tweet, he says that he's doing well and begs everyone to wear masks and to stay at home in quarantine because the virus is a very serious matter in the world right now.

Politics • American • South America
Bolivia's interim president tests positive for Covid-19
Jeanine Añez
Jeanine Añez Credit: Gobierno de Bolivia (Public Domain)

Jeanine Añez, Bolivia's interim president, tested positive for Covid-19. Several members of her cabinet also confirmed being infected.

On Twitter, Añez announced she had contracted the virus and that she would be quarantining: "I have tested positive for Covid19, I am fine, I will work from my isolation. Together, let's get ahead.".

Politics • African
Ghana: 90% of Education Ministry staffers infected with Coronavirus
Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh outlines guidelines for schools to reopen
Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh outlines guidelines for schools to reopen Credit: Screenshot via YouTube, CitiTube

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana's Minister of Education, confirmed that 90% of the ministry's staffers have been infected with the Coronavirus. 45 out of 50, including Prempeh, have tested positive. Most of them show no symptoms.

"After my second result came out as positive, testing was conducted on all staff at the ministr,y and the results showed that out of every 50 persons, about 45 had contracted the virus,” Prempeh reported.

Politics • American • Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
Jair Bolsonaro (centre) pictured at the United States Independence celebration on July 4.
Jair Bolsonaro (centre) pictured at the United States Independence celebration on July 4. Credit: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, after being tested on Monday with developing symptoms, including a high temperature.

In an interview earlier today, Bolsonaro said: "It started on Sunday, with a certain indisposition, it got worse on Monday, with tiredness, indisposition and a fever of 38 degrees. The president's doctor, pointing out the Covid-19 contamination, went to do a CT scan at the hospital. The medical team decided to give hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. As I wake up a lot during the night, after midnight I felt an improvement, at 5 am I took the second dose, and I'm feeling good "

On July 4yh, Bolsonaro attended a celebration at the United States Embassy in Brasilia with some of his close allies and was photographed not using a mask.

Politics • American • US
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor Atlanta, tested positive for Covid-19
Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mayor Atlanta, tested positive for Covid-19
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she has been tested for Covid-19 in a Tweet on Monday, writing: "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

Politics • American • US
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, tests positive for Covid-19
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, tests positive for Covid-19
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According to multiple reports, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr has been tested for Covid-19 in South Dakota. The result returned positive. She had been scheduled to attend an event at Mount Rushmore with president Donald Trump for the independence day. Donald Trump Jr. has tested negative and Kimberly Guilfoyle most likely had no contact to the president ahead of the test. Both will now drive back to the east coast and avoid contact to other people, according to the New York Times.

Politics • American • US
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain hospitalised with Covid-19 infection
Herman Cain speaking at a press conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 8, 2011
Herman Cain speaking at a press conference in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 8, 2011 Credit: Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Herman Cain, a 74-year-old American politician and former Republican presidential candidate, has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been hospitalised. The announcement was made on his official Twitter account, stating: "We are sorry to announce that Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital." According to the statement, Cain tested positive on July 29 and needed to be hospitalised on July 1.

Cain had attended the Tulsa Trump rally on June 20 where six staff members who worked the event where tested positive for Covid-19.

Politics • African
Senegal: President Macky Sall in self-quarantine after, had contact with Coronavirus infected
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall and Mrs. Marieme Sall
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall and Mrs. Marieme Sall Credit: Office of the White House (Amanda Lucidon) / Public domain

The Senegalese President Macky Sall went into self-quarantine for two weeks as a precaution. He had contact with someone who was tested positive for the Coronavirus, but Sall himself had a negative test result. Senegal has over 6100 cases so far.

Sports
Novak Djokovic tests positive for Covid-19
Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic Credit: Fred053 (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Novak Djokovic, world number one tennis player, tested positive for Covid-19. Djokovic organised and played in the Adria Tour exhibition tournament, where Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also were confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Politics • American • Central American
Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernández tested positive for Covid-19
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández  at the Department of State, March 21, 2017
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the Department of State, March 21, 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

On Tuesday, Juan Orlando Hernández, president of Honduras, announced in a televised speech that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he would be working remotely while receiving treatment. His wife Ana Garcia de Hernández and two of his aides have also tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated.