When heads of state and crowned heads experience containment

BIG STORY – From Prince Charles to “BoJo”, from Merkel to Putin or Netanyahu, they had to submit to the dictates of the virus.

In containment, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, communicates by videoconference (here, March 28, 2020).
In containment, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, communicates by videoconference (here, March 28, 2020). ANDREW PARSONS / 10 DOWNING ST / via REUTERS

Viruses sometimes lack regard for the powerful. From King Alfonso XI of Castile, who died of the plague in 1350, to the President of the Council Casimir Périer, swept away by cholera in 1832, history is full of examples of great men of this world swept by epidemics. For the past two weeks, several heads of state and government have been infected with the coronavirus or have had to isolate themselves as a precaution. World affairs are now handled remotely. Salvation by videoconference replaced the diplomatic handshake. Overview.

In the UK, the coronavirus struck the crown and the executive, the heir to the throne and the Prime Minister. Two days after Prince Charles’s contamination was announced, we learned last Friday that the Prime Minister had in turn fallen on the brink of the epidemic. After putting himself in solitary confinement in Scotland, the 71-year-old Prince of Wales recovered and paid homage to caregivers on Wednesday.

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