April 03, 21 - 12:20 pm - LABS

Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina, tests positive for COVID-19

The Argentine President, Alberto Fernández, informed on Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after showing the disease’s symptoms. The positive diagnosis occurred in a rapid antigen-type test. On Saturday late afternoon, an RT-PCR exam also confirmed the diagnosis.

The Argentine leader, who turned 62 on Friday (2), said he is in isolation and has already talked about the result with the people he had contacted in the last 48 hours.

Fernández said on social media that he had 37.3ºC of fever and felt a slight headache.

On January 21, Fernández received the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine. Sources from the Argentine Presidency informed Clarín that the president received the immunizer’s second dose three weeks later.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disease has killed more than 56,000 Argentines and infected 2.3 million. The vaccination program continues at a slow pace. Until Friday, according to Clarín, 3.4 million (7.6% of the population) received the first dose, and over 683,000, the second (less than 2% of Argentines).