President Guatemala recounts pain due to coronavirus, four employees infected

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The president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, who a few days ago tested positive for the coronavirus, revealed on Wednesday that he had spent a “quite terrible” night, with severe bodily discomfort, and detailed that four of his close collaborators have also been infected with the virus.

In a televised message, Giammattei was shown without his usual glasses, with puffy eyes, somewhat disheveled and coughing several times, a day after admitting that he is a “patient at risk” for previous diseases, such as multiple sclerosis that he suffered in his youth.

“I spent a very terrible night (Tuesday) with a lot of body pain and I slept very little (…) We are already entering what should be the eighth day and the body, well, continues to hurt a lot,” he said, exhibiting a catheter in your left hand to receive IV medication.

The 64-year-old president, who has been in power since January, added that the undersecretary-general of the Presidency and a deputy foreign minister, who accompanied him in the act of commemorating national independence on September 15, were also infected.

Two other close advisers from the Government Center have also tested positive for COVID-19, the Presidency of the Central American country told Reuters, which has so far registered 87,442 infections and 3,154 deaths associated with the virus.


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