Simply three-and-a-half weeks away from the Dominican Republic’s presidential election, main candidate Luis Abinader mentioned he and his spouse have examined constructive for the novel coronavirus.
The nation is without doubt one of the worst-affected by the coronavirus pandemic within the Caribbean and Latin America, with one out of each 500 folks contaminated, and stays in a state of emergency.
Nonetheless, presidential and legislative elections are set to go forward on July 5, after being postponed from the unique date of Might 16 as a result of outbreak. Some 7.5 million Dominicans are anticipated to forged their poll at residence and overseas.
“Be tranquil as a result of with God’s grace we’ll get well shortly,” Abinader, 52, mentioned on his social media accounts late on Wednesday.
The chief of the opposition social democratic Fashionable Revolutionary Get together mentioned his docs had forecast a speedy restoration given he was not a high-risk affected person, including that he and his spouse have been self-isolating at residence.
A ballot by the corporate Mark Penn/Stagwell revealed on the finish of Might, means that Abinader is main the race with 39 p.c assist, two factors above the governing social gathering candidate, Gonzalo Castillo.
If neither candidate obtained an absolute majority within the first spherical, they’d face a runoff on July 26.
Abinader’s opponents have been amongst these to publicly want him a fast restoration.
“We ask God for his fast restoration and good well being,” President Danilo Medina wrote on Twitter. “You’ve all our assist and solidarity.”
The actual fact the Dominican Republic is such a vacationer hub was a serious contributing issue to the unfold of coronavirus within the nation. In complete, some 21,000 circumstances have been reported among the many 10.6 million inhabitants, of which 550 have died.
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