Bolivia’s self-proclaimed President, Jeanine Áñez, and seven of her government’s eight ministers have tested positive for coronavirus. The most recent case of a minister that has tested positive is that of José Abel Martínez, Minister for Productive Development.
Martínez’s office has confirmed the news in statements to the Bolivian newspaper Página Siete. Martínez is also temporarily commander of the Ministry of Economy because the minister, Óscar Ortiz, also tested positive and is hospitalized.
The Ministers for External Relations, Presidency, Public Economy and Finance, Hydrocarbons, Productive Development and Plural Economy, Mining and Metallurgy, Justice and Institutional Transparency and Health have achieved positive results.
The majority are isolated and work from home, with the exception of Ortiz, an intern in a health center. He reported positive on July 12 and was hospitalized the following day. On July 15, he was transferred to the intensive care unit.