Colombian ex-president Alvaro Uribe tests positive for coronavirus – Latin America

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Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, the political mentor of the current head of state Ivan Duque, has tested positive for the coronavirus, AFP reported, citing a representative of Uribe’s party.

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The agency noted that this comes a day after the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the former president to be placed under house arrest.
Gabriel Velasco of the Democratic Center party said Uribe, 68, was infected but felt well and had no symptoms or difficulty breathing, the DPA reported.

Colombian media began making suggestions about the former president’s health (he ruled from 2002 to 2010) early yesterday after a medical team was spotted entering one of his properties in the Cordoba department, where he is now.

The court’s decision to place Uribe under house arrest while an investigation is under way into a case in which he is accused of bribing witnesses against an opponent and procedural fraud sparked political turmoil in Colombia on Tuesday.

There are already more than 276,000 people infected with coronavirus in Colombia

Uribe, who claims innocence and continues to enjoy strong popular support for his tough policy against left-wing guerrillas, could face up to eight years in prison in the case.

According to TASS, which refers to Colombian radio, the former president spent 13 days in isolation in his apartment in Cordoba. Uribe’s sons, Thomas and Jeronimo, are also infected with the coronavirus. According to health authorities, the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Colombia are nearly 335,000, and the dead – 11,315.

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