Honduran President hospitalized for pneumonia; tested positive for Covid-19
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was admitted to the Military Hospital in the capital for pneumonia the day after announcing that he has caught coronavirus, the government reported on Wednesday June 17.
Doctors who evaluated the president "indicate that his management is in-hospital" for "laboratory findings of pneumonia," government spokesman on the pandemic, Francis Contreras, told reporters from the Military Hospital.
He added that Hernández has some infiltrates in the lungs, but his general state of health is good.
The 51-year-old President announced Tuesday night that he felt discomfort over the weekend that it turned out to be caused by Covid-19.
He added that he would continue in his functions by "teleworking" while he began the treatment of "mild symptoms".
His wife, Ana García, also tested positive for the new corinavirus, although she had no symptoms.
Hernández acknowledged that the hospitals that care for coronavirus patients are "collapsed".
In a statement, the government assured that the president "maintained at all times the preventive measures recommended by the health authorities, however, due to the nature of his work, it was not possible to remain in total isolation, exposed to the risk of contagion."
Honduras, with 9.5 million inhabitants, is one of the Central American countries most affected by the pandemic with an explosion of cases, especially in Tegucigalpa and northern San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in the country.
The risk system announced Tuesday night that the country registers 9,178 cases, 322 deaths and 1,025 recovered.
However, some experts claim that there is underreporting due to the few diagnostic tests that are carried out in the country.