Argentine president tested positive for virus

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Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, who has been vaccinated against Covid-19, announced on Friday that he tested positive for the virus according to an antigen test.

“At the end of the day on Friday, after I had a fever of 37.3 and a mild headache, I was given an antigen test which came back positive,” Fernandez said on his Twitter account.

He added that he was waiting for the result of a PCR test which should confirm whether he is contaminated or not.

The president, who turned 62 this Friday, is in isolation as a precaution and said he is “in good physical condition”.

“While I would have liked to have ended my birthday without this news, I am also in good spirits,” Fernandez added.

The Argentine president received two doses of the Sputnik V vaccine from the Russian laboratory Gamaleïa, the first on January 21 and the second on February 11, sources in the presidency told AFP.

Argentina is currently facing a second wave of the coronavirus epidemic. According to official figures, this country of 44 million inhabitants has more than 2.3 million cases of contamination and 56,023 deaths linked to Covid-19.