On Tuesday, Jair Bolsonaro the President of Brazil tested positive for the coronavirus. He announced this on the television and said that he was good despite having a fever.
Earlier, the right-wing populist called the coronavirus as “little flu.” He demeaned the severity of the virus and now tested positive for the same. He took the test on Monday after seeing some symptoms.
Bolsonaro in an interview broadcasted on state-run TV Brasil said that on Sunday he started feeling unwell. He further said that he was taking hydroxychloroquine. It is an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness against COVID-19.
After the United States, Brazil has the most coronavirus cases globally.
Latin America’s largest country has more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and 65,000 COVID-19 deaths. The US remains at the top in the worst-hit country by the coronavirus, following it are Brazil and now India. Before India, Russia stood at the third number in terms of the global coronavirus cases. India remained at 8th position globally in terms of deaths due to the pandemic.
Brazil – The Second Worst Cororonavirus Hit Country
As per Worldometer Brazil has 1,674,655 infections and the US has 3,097,417cases.
Earlier, Jair Bolsonaro continuously denied the local guidelines of wearing masks in public. He was also ordered by a judge to follow guidelines, but he denied to follow. He had also not followed the social distancing, one of the main steps to curb the coronavirus spread.
The President also attended many events over the weekend. He was also in close contact during celebrations held on July 4 with Todd Champan, the US’ ambassador. According to the pictures, both of them were not wearing any mask.
The U.S. embassy in Brasilia said via Twitter on Monday that the ambassador had lunch on July 4 with Bolsonaro, five ministers and the president’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro. The ambassador had no symptoms, but would undergo testing and “taking precautions,” the embassy said.