Czech President Milos Zeman has been sent to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. The test came hours after he was released from a health care facility, where he spent some six weeks due to an undisclosed diagnosis.
The hospitalization of the 77-year-old official was announced late Thursday by the Czech presidency. Zeman was taken to the Central Military Hospital (UVN) after testing positive for the coronavirus during the presidential retreat in Lany, outside the country’s capital, Prague.
“President’s program is suspended pending treatment of Covid-19,” Zeman’s office said in a statement.
Zeman was fired from the UVN earlier in the day after spending about six weeks there. The president was originally hospitalized on October 10 and placed in an intensive care unit, where he spent most of his time in the facility.
Although no official diagnosis has been made, local media reported that Zeman’s prolonged stay at the UVN was due to liver disease. The presidency offered little clarity on the matter, saying only that he was being treated for a chronic illness.
As for his positive test for Covid-19, the president has reportedly shown no symptoms of the disease. According to local media, he had previously been vaccinated against the virus at least three times.
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