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Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. Photo: Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images

Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has tested positive for the coronavirus, his staff confirmed on Friday.

Why it matters: Giammattei, 64, is among a number of world leaders to test positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began — illustrating the universality of the illness.

What they're saying: Giammattei, who also has multiple sclerosis, told a local radio station on Friday that he is feeling well, but the AP notes he seemed to have labored breathing during a television address.

  • "My symptoms are very mild. Up to now, I have body aches, it hurt more yesterday than today, like a bad cold,” Giammattei said. “I don’t have a fever, I have a bit of a cough."
  • Giammattei “will be isolating himself from all public activity, and so all communication will be conducted remotely," the federal government press office said, per AP.

The big picture: The news of Giammattei's illness come as Guatemala reopened its borders and resumed international flights this week, nearly six months after coronavirus-related closures.

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Nov 7, 2020 - Health

Reports: Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows tests positive for COVID-19

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows walks along the South Lawn before President Trump departs from the White House on Oct. 30. Photo: Sarah Silbiger / Getty Images

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs first reported Friday night.

The state of play: Meadows traveled with the president in the run-up to Election Day and was most recently seen in public Wednesday morning, per AP. The diagnosis comes roughly a month after President Trump, members of the Trump family and others close to the president tested positive for COVID-19.

Focus group: Former Trump voters say he should never hold office again

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"Relief" is the top emotion some swing voters who used to support Donald Trump say they felt as they watched President Biden's swearing-in, followed by "hope."

Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.

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