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Honduran President Hospitalized Hours After Saying COVID-19 Analysis

Honduran President Hospitalized Hours After Announcing COVID-19 Diagnosis


(TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras)—Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was hospitalized Wednesday with pneumonia, hours after saying that he and his spouse had examined optimistic for COVID-19.

Francis Contreras, spokesman for the Nationwide System of Threat Administration, stated in a information convention that after reviewing Hernández’s lab work and x-rays, docs decided the president had pneumonia and really useful he be hospitalized. He stated Hernández was in good situation, however he was receiving medication intraveneously that needed to be administered within the Navy Hospital.

Hernández had introduced late Tuesday evening in a televized message that he and his spouse had examined optimistic for COVID-19.

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Hernández stated that over the weekend he started feeling some discomfort and on Tuesday acquired the take a look at outcomes. He stated it was a part of the chance that comes with the job. Together with his duties, he stated, he couldn’t keep at house consistently.

Hernández stated his signs are mild and that he’s already beginning to really feel higher. He stated he had began what he referred to as the “MAIZ remedy,” an experimental mixture of microdacyn, azithromycin, ivermectin and zinc.

He stated his spouse is asymptomatic and two different individuals who work with them are additionally contaminated.

Honduras has practically 10,000 confirmed instances of the illness and 330 deaths. However testing is restricted and the general public well being system working beneath nice pressure. The middle of Honduras’ epidemic has been in Cortes, the state surrounding San Pedro Sula within the north, however in latest weeks instances have surged across the capital of Tegucigalpa.

Hernández is a detailed ally of the Trump administration, primarily in efforts to gradual unlawful immigration. Nonetheless, U.S. federal prosecutors in New York have prosecuted the president’s brother and made it more and more clear {that a} case is constructing in opposition to Hernández himself.

No fees have been filed in opposition to the president, however U.S. prosecutors have alleged that he accepted cash from drug traffickers to advance his political profession in alternate for letting them transfer medicine by way of the nation.

Hernández has denied these allegations.

He was reelected in a disputed November 2017 election, regardless of the nation’s constitutional ban on reelection.

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AP author Christopher Sherman in Mexico Metropolis contributed to this report.