Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus.
He announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday.
“Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me.”
Earlier on Tuesday Bolsonaro’s press office told CNN affiliate CNN Brasil that the President was being treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as he awaited the result of his fourth Covid-19 test in as many months
“I’ve done a lung screening, my lung is clean, OK? I went to do a Covid exam a while ago, but everything is okay.”
The President, who was wearing a mask, warned people to not get near him.
“You can’t get very close [to me], OK? Recommendation for everyone.”
Monday the President said he was showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including a 100 degree temperature.
According to CNN,
Bolsonaro has derided coronavirus as just a “little flu,” and previously appeared in public and at rallies without a mask, even hugging supporters. He has encouraged the country to reopen, even as the number of cases rises, and has criticized local governments’ efforts to stamp out the virus through social distancing measures, such as quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.
Brazil is second only to the United States in numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths. More than 65,000 people have died of the virus in Brazil, according to figures released by the country’s health ministry on Monday, and 1,623,284 cases have been confirmed so far.
Bolsonaro’s positive result comes just days after he attended a July 4th commemoration event with the US Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman. According to a photo posted to the President’s official Facebook page, Bolsonaro was at the Ambassador’s residence with Chapman for the event.
Bolsonaro attended a July 4th commemoration event with Chapman on Saturday, according to a photo posted to the President’s official Facebook page. Images from the gathering show Bolsonaro not wearing a mask or observing social distancing.
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