Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Clay Curtis
July 7, 2020

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus but said he was feeling "perfectly well" and had only mild symptoms. The Brazilian leader hasn't said whether he took any additional tests for the disease since.

The right-wing populist president, who has been dismissive of the illness as a "little flu", had shown symptoms and run a fever before taking a test at the military hospital in the capital Brasilia, news portal UOL reported.

"I've came back from the hospital now, I've done a lung screening, my lung is clean, OK?" I underwent a lung scan.

He has also urged regional governors to ease lockdowns, which he says hurt the economy, and on Monday he watered down regulations on wearing face masks.

"You can't get very close [to me], OK? We do not confirm this information at this moment", Macedo told CNN.

Bolsonaro's official events on Tuesday have been cancelled, according to CNN Brasil.

Bolsonaro tested negative in March for the coronavirus after several aides were diagnosed following a visit to U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago, Florida, estate.

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Brazil has become a global hotspot for the virus, trailing only the United States with more than 65,000 confirmed deaths and over 1.62 million total cases.

Bolsonaro has previously appeared in public and at rallies without a mask, even hugging supporters.

The president has been criticized for belittling measures to prevent infections from spreading.

"Our life has to go on".

The newspaper O Globo said it understood Brazil's president had started complaining of tiredness on Saturday night, after his lunch with the USA ambassador, and continued feeling unwell on Sunday.

On Monday, he made further changes to a law which would require Brazilians to wear masks in public. The order has since been overturned.

Since then, Bolsonaro has continued to attend social events and political rallies, often wearing masks incorrectly, or not wearing them at all.

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