Political leaders across the globe are contending with big changes as they try to adapt to coronavirus infiltration within their ranks. The very nature of politics includes shaking hands, travel, and meetings with groups both large and small, all working against the social distancing advised by health workers. Many world leaders and legislators are in their 70s and 80s placing them most at risk for virus infection.
- Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro’s top aide tested positive after a trip the the U.S. where both met President Trump
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife tested positive and both are in quarantine for two weeks
- Some U.S. legislators are in self-isolation after attending a February conference
- Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton tested positive and is hospital quarantine after traveling to Washington, DC and meeting with U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Ivanka Trump
- Britain’s junior health minister, Nadine Dorries, tested positive and is in home quarantine
- Italy’s Democratic Party leader Nicola Zingaretti tested positive and is working from home
- France’s National Assembly has 5 members that tested positive
- Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri is infected, in addition to at least 20 lawmakers and other government members. Masoumeh Ebtekar a junior vice president in the government and who served as a spokesperson for the 1979 hostage takers at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran is infected
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