Former Bolivian president Evo Morales diagnosed with coronavirus

13 Jan 2021 / 11:51 H.

    LA PAZ, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Former Bolivian President Evo Morales tested positive for the coronavirus and is getting treatment to combat symptoms, according to a statement issued by his office late on Tuesday.

    "He is currently stable and is receiving medical attention," the statement said, without providing details on his symptoms.

    Last week, 61-year old Morales participated in group meetings with coca growers in Cochabamba in the central part of the country.

    The critical-care wards of major hospitals in Bolivia and neighboring Peru have been near collapse after end-of-year holidays, reflecting regional health concerns as much of Latin America struggles to secure adequate COVID-19 vaccine supplies.

    While daily cases remain below last year's peak, depleted resources, weary medical workers and a recent rush of severe cases are taxing already ailing healthcare systems from Chile to Mexico, officials say.

    Bolivia has had 176,761 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9,454 deaths.

    (Reporting by Daniel Ramos; Writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

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