Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was hospitalized this week after testing positive for the coronavirus, Just The News reported.
A spokesperson for Zelensky made the news public in a statement Thursday. The spokesperson said Zelensky’s condition is stable and that his hospitalization came, at least in part, to help prevent the spread of the disease.
“He first went home, but decided to move to Feofania [hospital],” the spokesperson said, according to Just The News. “To accurately isolate and not expose anyone, nothing serious.”
“It’s gonna be fine!”
Zelensky himself also issued a statement on Twitter regarding his diagnosis. The Ukrainian leader promised to “take a lot of vitamins” and “isolate,” but “keep working.”
There are no lucky people for whom #COVID19 does not pose a threat. Despite all the quarantine measures, I received a positive test. I feel good & take a lot of vitamins. Promise to isolate myself, but keep working. I will overcome COVID19 as most people do. It’s gonna be fine!
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) November 9, 2020
According to NPR, Zelensky joins U.S. President Donald Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on the list of world leaders who have contracted the novel coronavirus.
Zelensky wasn’t the only high-level official in Ukraine to test positive for COVID-19, however. According to NPR, the Ukraine president’s chief of staff, defense minister, and finance minister were all diagnosed with the disease, though it remains unclear whether the cases are connected.
Nationwide, Ukraine has seen over 500,000 cases of the coronavirus, with just under 10,000 deaths, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins.
A look ahead
For Zelensky at least, the outlook is good: at 42 years old, he should have an easier time beating coronavirus than even the 74-year-old President Trump. The statistics are definitely on Zelensky’s side.
Back in the U.S., COVID-19 is making headlines for a different reason: an adviser to Joe Biden suggested this week that locking down the country for four to six weeks could solve the coronavirus problem.
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments. We could do all of that,” the University of Minnesota’s Dr. Michael Osterholm said, according to CNBC. “If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks.”
It seems at least one thing is for certain: we’re all in for a rough road ahead.