Coronavirus: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tests positive for COVID-19

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tests positive for COVID-19

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine announced Monday that he’s tested positive for COVID-19, making him the latest world leader to contract the viral infection.

“There are no lucky people for whom (COVID-19) does not pose a threat,” Zelensky said in a social media post. “Despite all the quarantine measures, I received a positive test.”

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Zelensky said he will self-isolate and continue working through his illness.

“I feel good (and) take a lot of vitamins,” he said. “I will overcome (COVID-19) as most people do. It’s gonna be fine!”

Monday’s announcement puts the Ukrainian president alongside President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who have also contracted COVID-19 in recent months. Other world leaders who have tested positive for the infection include Britain’s Prince Charles, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Bolivian President Jeanine Anez.

As of Monday morning, more than 50.5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide, resulting in more than 1.2 million deaths, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. In Ukraine, officials have confirmed more than 483,000 COVID-19 cases, causing about 8,800 deaths.

Zelensky made headlines last year after a whistleblower came forward to question a July 2019 phone call between the Ukrainian president and President Donald Trump. During the call, Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, while holding up military aide for Ukraine.

No evidence has surfaced to suggest wrongdoing by either Biden.

The call and subsequent hearings led the House of Representatives to impeach Trump in December 2019, although he was later acquitted by the Senate and allowed to remain in office.