Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has to deal with a strict isolation regime that must prevent him from becoming infected with the coronavirus.
The 75-year-old leader is also regularly tested, and his spokesman reported after a minister turned out to be infected.
Duterte is in permanent isolation. That means “nobody really comes close to him,” said the spokesman. He also said that his boss has complained about the smears taken through his nose. These are part of the corona test that he has to undergo.
The Philippines has been hit hard by the pandemic. The authorities have determined that more than 164,000 people have contracted the virus.
These include Minister of the Interior Eduardo Ano. He announced on Sunday that he has “flu-like symptoms”, such as a sore throat. A lockdown is in force in the capital Manila and surrounding areas.
Duterte is not the only world leader to enjoy special protection because of the corona crisis. Various measures have also been taken around his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin to keep the contagious virus at bay.
The Kremlin announced in June that visitors to the Russian leader had to walk through special disinfection tunnels, where they could be sprayed with disinfectant.