British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Like Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially played down the virus’s severity. But his tone changed after the then 55-year-old spent several days in intensive care in April following his diagnosis of covid-19. His infection could have “gone either way,” Johnson said.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been a high-profile detractor of measures to contain the virus, which he has called a “little cold.” He tested positive for the virus in July and reportedly recovered well after several weeks of a mild illness. Bolsonaro repeatedly flouted health recommendations before contracting the coronavirus — and even afterward, an analysis by The Washington Post found.
Brazil ranks third in the world for the highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections and second for covid-19 fatalities, trailing the United States.
Canadian first lady Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
In mid-March, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau returned from a trip to London with flu-like symptoms. She soon tested positive for the virus. Her husband, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, entered into a 14-day self-quarantine, during which he continued to work from his residence. Two weeks later, Canada’s first lady announced she had recovered.
“To everyone who is suffering right now, I send you all my love,” she said at the time, the Associated Press reported.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko
In July, Belarus’s embattled president, Alexander Lukashenko, said he had covid-19 and “had lived through this virus.” Lukashenko, currently battling demonstrations against his decades of authoritarian rule, has dismissed the virus as a “psychosis” and downplayed the extent of its spread in Belarus.
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández battled the coronavirus in June and was briefly hospitalized. At the time, he voiced support for an unproven and experimental treatment. Hernández has since joined global calls for a coronavirus vaccine to be distributed equitably, the AP reported.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, 64, has multiple sclerosis and walks with a cane. As of mid-September, he has also had covid-19.
“My symptoms are very mild,” he said during a national address on Sept. 18, the AP reported. “Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,” he continued. “I don’t have a fever, I have a bit of a cough.”
Dominican President Luis Abinader
Three weeks before a presidential vote in the Dominican Republic in July, leading candidate Luis Abinader and his wife announced that they had tested positive for the virus. Abinader went into isolation, recovered and won the election.
Bolivian interim president Jeanine Áñez
Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez, was a candidate in the country’s presidential race following a bout with covid-19 in July. She dropped out in mid-September, citing the need to unite the conservative bloc.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan
Armenia was southern Caucasus’s worst-hit country in July when Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan disclosed that he and his family had tested positive for the virus. Eight days later, on July 8, he announced that they had all recovered and tested negative again.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin entered into self-isolation in April after he was diagnosed with the virus. Mishustin told the news to his boss, Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a televised video conference, during which he also announced that he would temporarily step down as he recovered. As prime minister, Mishustin had been in charge of coordinating Russia’s covid-19 response.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
In March, the head of the tiny Mediterranean city-state of Monaco, Prince Albert II, was the first world leader reported to have contracted the coronavirus.
Britain’s Prince Charles and Prince William
Prince William, second in line to the British throne, tested positive for the coronavirus in April but did not disclose his diagnosis until November, reportedly to avoid cause for unnecessary concern as he recovered.
His father, Prince Charles, first in line to lead the monarchy, had the virus in March. The 71-year-old said he manifested only mild symptoms.