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Spanish Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa to head home after beating Covid

Spanish-Peruvian Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has "beaten" Covid and will leave the Madrid clinic where he was being treated to complete his recovery at home, his family tweeted on Monday.

Spanish Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa to head home after beating Covid
Vargas Llosa, 86, was hospitalized in Madrid after contracting the coronavirus and his condition "is progressing favourably", his son Alvaro Vargas Llosa announced on April 22, 2022. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)

The 86-year-old writer “has beaten Covid. Now he’s going home to continue his recovery,” his son Alvaro Vargas Llosa tweeted, thanking the medical staff at the clinic.

He went in for treatment last week following “complications caused by coronavirus”, his son tweeted on Friday, saying he had entered the clinic “a few days ago” with his condition “progressing favourably”.

The tweet was also signed by the writer’s two other children Gonzalo and Morgana.

Born in Peru in 1936, Vargas Llosa took Spanish citizenship in 1993.

At the beginning of April, he published his latest work, “The Quiet Gaze (of Perez Galdos)”, an essay on the Spanish writer Benito Perez Galdos (1843-1920).

The last survivor of a golden generation of Latin American literary giants, Vargas Llosa’s writing explores universal themes often set outside his native Peru.

Admired for his depiction of social realities, but criticised within Latin American intellectual circles for his conservative positions, Vargas Llosa is a leading light of the “boom” generation that included greats like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Julio Cortazar.

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Spanish PM tests positive for Covid

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Spanish PM tests positive for Covid

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Sunday that he had tested positive for Covid and temporarily suspended all engagements just two days after returning from the UN General Assembly meeting.

“This morning, I tested positive for Covid-19,” Sánchez tweeted, adding he would not be attending a meeting of the Catalan region’s Socialists in Barcelona.

Sánchez, who returned from New York on Friday, said he would continue working but take the utmost precautions. It is unclear if the Prime Minister is suffering symptoms, or feeling unwell.

On Friday, he is due to host a meeting in the southeastern city of Alicante of the MED7 group of southern European countries, and is expected to be on the road doing public events much more in the coming year as part of a ramp up to the general election sometime in late-2023.

The tour, reportedly including 30 events organised to increase Sánchez’s contact with Spaniards, is intended to allow him to better explain the measures taken by the government in response to the cost of living crisis, increase his public interaction, and leave behind the more traditional rally format.

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