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President of Ukraine, Zelensky, tests positive for COVID-19


President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has announced that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This comes amidst a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the country.

Speaking on Facebook, Zelensky who feels good with a temperature of 37.5C said, “Despite all quarantine measures, I also had a positive test.”

“Most people overcome Covid-19. And I will get through this too,” he added.

The 42-year-old leader said that he will self-isolate and continue to perform his duties.

The head of Zelensky’s office Andriy Yermak also said that he had contracted the coronavirus.

In June, Zelensky’s wife Olena Zelenska was hospitalized after contracting the virus but has recovered.

AFP reports that the ex-Soviet country of 40 million people reported a record of 10,746 new coronavirus infections on Saturday.

Ukraine is considering whether to introduce a partial lockdown on weekends since the last one was lifted in June, with only essential businesses such as grocery stores allowed to remain open.

According to reports from WOrldometers, Ukraine has recorded a total of 469,018 coronavirus cases and 8,565 deaths across the country, at the time of this report.

Zelensky is the latest in a long line of world leaders to contract the virus, including US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and President Andrzej Duda of Ukraine’s neighbour Poland.