Bolivia’s Health Minister María Eidy Roca has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the ministry said on Sunday.

Iran PressAmerica: The landlocked Andean nation of over 11.5 million people has registered some 38,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 1,378 deaths. Its daily burden of cases makes Bolivia currently one of the worst affected countries per capita in the world, according to Reuters.

Latin America has become the epicenter for the virus, with Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Peru particularly hard hit, while Argentina and Bolivia have seen the number of new cases rise in recent weeks despite early lockdowns.

“The fight against the virus continues relentlessly and I wish the minister a speedy recovery to rejoin this battle for the health of Bolivians,” interim President Jeanine Anez said in a post on Twitter.

Bolivia’s health ministry estimated that the peak of infections would hit between August and September.


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