British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Like Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially downplayed the virus’ severity. But his tone changed after the then 55-year-old spent several days in intensive care in April following his diagnosis with the virus. His infection could have “gone either way,” Johnson said.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been a high-profile detractor of the virus, which he called just like “a little flu.” He tested positive for the virus in July, and reportedly recovered well after several weeks of a mild infection. Bolsonaro repeatedly flouted health recommendations before contracting the coronavirus — and even afterward, an analysis by The Washington Post found.
Brazil currently ranks third in the world for the highest number of coronavirus infections and second for covid-19 fatalities, trailing on the United States.
Canadian first lady Sophie Trudeau
In mid-March, Sophie Trudeau returned from a trip to London with flu-like symptoms. She soon tested positive for the virus. Her husband, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, then entered into a 14-day self-quarantine, during which he continued to work from his residence. Two weeks later, Canada’s first lady announced she had recovered.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko
In April, Belarus’ embattled President Alexander Lukashenko said he had covid-19 and “had lived through this virus.” Lukashenko, currently battling protests against his decades of authoritarian rule, has dismissed the virus as a “psychosis” and downplayed the extent of its spread in Belarus.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández battled the coronavirus in June and was briefly hospitalized. At the time, Hernandez voiced support for an unproven and experimental treatment. He has since joined global calls for a covid-19 vaccine to be equitably distributed, the Associated Press reported.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei
Sixty-four-year-old Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has multiple sclerosis and walks with a cane. As of mid-September, he has also had covid-19.
“My symptoms are very mild,” he said during a national address on Sept. 18, the AP reported. “Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,” he continued. “I don’t have a fever, I have a bit of a cough.”
Dominican President Luis Abinader
Three weeks before a presidential vote in the Dominican Republic in July, the leading candidate Luis Abinader and his wife announced they had tested positive for the virus. Abinader went into isolation, recovered, and won the election.
Bolivian interim President Jeanine Anez
Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez is a candidate in this month’s presidential race following a bout with covid-19 in July.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
In March, the head of the tiny Mediterranean city-state of Monaco, Prince Albert II, was the first world leader reported to have contracted covid-19.