Many public figures around the world have been affected by the pandemic of the new Coronavirus “Covid-19”, which has so far recorded at least 435,353 cases and 19,618 deaths in 195 countries counted since its emergence in December.
Prince Charles, the heir to the British crown, tested positive for the new Coronavirus and shows ” minor symptoms “, as did the Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, Karl von Habsburg, and Prince Albert II of Monaco. Son of Elizabeth II, the 71-year-old Prince of Wales, who is currently in Scotland with his wife Camilla, who “has been tested but does not have the virus”, attended an event in London on 10 March in the presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has tested positive with Covid-19.
For the world of cinema, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first to share their diagnosis, it didn’t take long for the list to grow. First with actress Olga Kurylenko, known for her role in James Bond’s “Quantum of Solace”, then with actors Idris Elba, Daniel Dae Kim, Kristofer Hivju and Indira Varma, the latter two known for their roles in the successful series, “Game of Thrones”.
In addition, the CEO of Universal Music, Lucian Grainge, ABC reporter Kaylee Hartung, American TV and radio host Andy Cohen and former convicted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein all announced that they have tested positive for the new Coronavirus.
The sports world was also heavily impacted, with NBA stars including basketball players Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Christian Wood and Kevin Durant. Football players have also been affected by the virus. Coaches Fatih Terim (Galatasaray) and Mikel Arteta (Arsenal), as well as players Daniele Rugani, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Paulo Dybala, Paolo Maldini, Blaise Matuidi, Ezequiel Garay, Wu Lei and Marouane Fellaini all tested positive.
In the political arena, contamination soon became apparent. In France, three politicians tested positive for the new Coronavirus. They are Emmanuelle Wargon and Brune Poirson, both Secretaries of State at the Ministry of Ecological Transition, and Franck Riester, Minister of Culture. In Poland, the Minister of the Environment, Michal Wos, and the MEP and Vice-President of the Polish Peasant Party (PSL), Adam Jarubas, were also found to be positive. Europe’s chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier, did not manage to survive the wave of infections, which in turn tested positive with Covid-19.
In Spain, the President of the Generalitat (regional government) of Catalonia, Quim Torra, was also affected by the virus. In Canada, it was Sophia Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was forced to confine herself as soon as she returned from a trip to the United Kingdom because of her health condition. In the United States, Florida State Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, U.S. Ambassador to Ouagadougou Andrew Young, and Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Rick Cotton were all positive, as were the head of the Special Secretariat of Communication (Secom) of the Brazilian Presidency Fabio Wajngarten and the President of the Brazilian Upper House Davi Alcolumbre.
Morocco, for its part, was particularly marked by the contamination of its Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water after his return from an official mission to European countries. Abdelkader Amara, who has been confined to his home since 14 March, has nevertheless been very reassuring about his state of health.