PARIS: World leaders in voluntary or forced isolation, like billions of people around the world, were forced to change their lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here’s a snapshot:
On Friday, the German chancellor left her 14-day fortieth house in her forties and returned to her offices where she will continue to rule the country by videoconference and audio.
She entered solitary confinement after meeting an infected doctor, but was negative in a series of tests.
During the crisis, she was photographed in a supermarket, pushing a cart containing four bottles of wine and a packet of toilet paper, which she criticized some Germans for stocking up on.
Prime Minister Johnson has been confined to Downing Street since he tested positive on March 27 after suffering from mild symptoms.
He said on Friday that he would continue his self-isolation because “alas, I still have one of the minor symptoms … a temperature.” His partner, Carrie Symonds, who is pregnant, did not live with him during his isolation.
He chaired a cabinet meeting by videoconference and posted videos of himself on Twitter, seeking to “reassure” the nation that he is “in constant contact” with his ministers and health officials in the fight against coronavirus.
The Prime Minister of Canada has led his country in isolation at his official Rideau Cottage residence in Ottawa since his wife Sophie Gregoire was diagnosed on March 12.
Every morning, he goes to the lawn to give a press conference, during which he announces the new measures adopted that day and gives news of his family. He stressed that he had no symptoms and canceled any trip.
Officially healed on March 28, his wife has since taken their three children to the Prime Minister’s summer residence.
The US president, who has been tested negative twice, has canceled several campaign meetings across the country when he attempted to be re-elected in November. With the exception of a flight visit to a naval base in Virginia, he stayed in Washington, mainly at the White House.
He holds a daily press conference, followed live by millions of viewers. He also tweets and gives frequent interviews on Fox News.
Russian President Putin works remotely from his country home in Novo-Ogaryovo outside Moscow. He is regularly tested for the virus, as are those around him and is doing well so far, said the Kremlin.
Concerns about his health arose after being shown on television by shaking hands, without protective clothing, with the chief medical officer of Moscow’s main hospital, who was subsequently tested positive.
On Wednesday, Putin was shown on television during his first videoconference with the Prime Minister and the cabinet.
Macron has not been tested, according to those around him, because he has no symptoms. Nine-tenths of workers at his Elysee palace were sent home, and the press reported that some of those around him were HIV-positive.
While France is in detention, he goes out regularly to meet caregivers, researchers and workers without masks, except at the hospital, in accordance with an official French position according to which masks are only useful for infected and caregivers .
He greets people in an Indian way, hands clasped. The official photographer tweeted a photo of him washing his hands.
The Japanese prime minister was highly visible during the crisis, addressing the parliament several times a day and giving televised press conferences most weekends.
Since the start of the crisis in the country, Italian Prime Minister Conte has been on frequent television, interrupting evening programming to announce new security measures at Palazzo Chigi, his official residence.
Conte was photographed working at her desk, attending meetings by videoconference and taking calls.
Conte told the daily La Repubblica in March that he had tested negative for the coronavirus, saying his doctors “were following me closely.
The Chinese leader kept a low profile at the start of the epidemic, which broke out for the first time in China in December, only appearing in mid-February wearing, like the vast majority of Chinese, a mask while COVID -19 was raging.
Also number one in the Chinese Communist Party, he mainly stayed in Beijing during the epidemic, with the exception of a visit to the Wuhan epicenter in central China, where the situation began to improve. He leaves the capital only to encourage the resumption of economic activity.
Information about him is broadcast every evening in the television news showing him with or without a mask: discovered when he addresses a giant videoconference with hundreds of provincial officials or with G20 leaders, but covered during the visit this week at provincial factories and farms.
He continues to chair meetings, publish articles in the official press and deliver keynote speeches, strengthening his role as a leader in the fight against the new coronavirus.
It is not known if it has been tested.