Paraguay President Abdo tests positive for Covid-19, symptoms mild - ministry

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Paraguay's President Mario Abdo Benitez, attends an event at the Lopez Palace in Asuncion, Paraguay March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Cesar Olmedo

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ASUNCION, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Paraguay's President Mario Abdo has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms from the virus, the country's health ministry said in a tweet on Tuesday, as the South American region sees a spike in cases driven by the Omicron variant.

"We inform that the President of the Republic, Mario Abdo, tested positive for COVID-19 today," the ministry said.

"The president has mild symptoms and will continue to maintain preventive isolation in accordance with the provisions of the current health protocols."

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Reporting by Daniela Desantis; Writing by Adam Jourdan

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