WORLD Colombia's first lady tests positive for COVID-19


Colombia's first lady tests positive for COVID-19


08:03, November 25, 2020

BOGOTA, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The wife of Colombian President Ivan Duque, Maria Juliana Ruiz, has tested positive for COVID-19, the president's office confirmed Tuesday.

Maria Ruiz, wife of Colombian President Ivan Duque in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 13, 2019. (File photo: AFP)

"Today, Nov. 24, the results of the tests carried out the day before were delivered, and those of the nation's First Lady were positive. At this moment she is asymptomatic and following quarantine protocols established by the Ministry of Health," according to the statement.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic and periodically, both the President of the Republic, Ivan Duque Marquez, and the First Lady of the nation, Maria Juliana Ruiz, have been tested for COVID-19, given the high level of exposure and interaction that they maintain," said the statement.

In recent weeks, Duque's wife visited the islands of San Andres and Providencia, and the northwest department of Choco, attending to the victims of rainy season floods.

So far, Colombia has registered 1,262,494 cases of COVID-19 and 35,677 deaths from the disease.

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