Jair Bolsonaro

Covid-19: Brazilian president tested positive for coronavirus

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Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president, announces that he tested positive for Covid-19. "The positive result of the test has just come," said the 65-year-old head of state during an interview with various television channels. He announced yesterday that he had some symptoms of coronavirus.

On Monday, he revealed that he had certain symptoms, such as fever, and that he had undergone a test. "I had a 38-degree fever, but my lungs were clean. The doctors gave me hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin [an antibiotic] and then I felt better. I'm perfectly fine," said the president.

Bolsonaro said he would now work as much as possible "by video conference." On Monday night, he announced that a chest x-ray had been taken at the military hospital.

"Like a little flu, a little cold"

Since the start of the pandemic, the Brazilian president, 65, has played down the disease and participated in various public events without wearing a mask, while criticizing the isolation measures implemented in several states. "Given my athletic past, if I were infected with the virus, I wouldn't have to worry. I wouldn't feel a thing. At worst, it would be like a little flu, a little cold," he said in late March during a speech. television.

On Saturday, he republished photos on Facebook in which he appears with his face uncovered in the company of several ministers and the US ambassador in Brasilia, at a reception on the occasion of United States National Day. On Monday, he vetoed two sections of the law on the use of masks in public places.

Brazil is the country most affected by the pandemic, behind the United States, with 1.6 million Covid-19 cases to date for 65,487 deaths.

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