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Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19


Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus after months of downplaying its severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. The 65-year-old right-wing populist who has been known to mingle in crowds without covering his face confirmed the results while wearing a mask and…

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he has actually tested favorable for the brand-new coronavirus after months of minimizing its severity while deaths installed rapidly inside the nation.

The 65- year-old conservative populist who has actually been understood to mingle in crowds without covering his face confirmed the results while using a mask and speaking with reporters huddled close in front of him in the capital, Brasilia.

He stated he is taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that he, like President Donald Trump, has been promoting although it has actually not been proven efficient against COVID-19

” I’m, well, regular. I even wish to take a walk around here, but I can’t due to medical suggestions,” Bolsonaro stated. “I thought I had it in the past, given my extremely vibrant activity. I’m president and on the battle lines. I like to be in the middle of individuals.”

Brazil, the world’s sixth-biggest nation, with more than 210 million people, is one of the break out’s most deadly locations. More than 65,000 Brazilians have actually passed away from COVID-19, and over 1.5 million have actually been infected.

Both numbers are the world’s second-highest overalls, behind those of the U.S., though the true figures are believed to be greater because of a lack of prevalent screening. On Tuesday alone, 1,254 deaths were validated.

Other world leaders who have actually had bouts with COVID-19 consist of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández.

Bolsonaro is “the democratic leader who has actually most rejected the severity of this pandemic,” said Maurício Santoro, a political science professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro. “Him getting contaminated is a blow to his reliability. It will be seen as another example of the failure of his coronavirus action.”

Bolsonaro has actually often appeared in public to shake hands with advocates and join crowds, sometimes without a mask. He has actually stated that his history as an athlete would safeguard him from the virus and that it would be nothing more than a “little influenza” if he were to contract it.

He has likewise repeatedly said that there is no method to prevent 70%of the population falling ill with COVID-19 and that local authorities’ efforts to close down financial activity would ultimately cause more difficulty than allowing the infection to run its course.

For nearly two months, Brazil’s fight against COVID-19 has actually remained in the hands of an interim health minister without any health experience prior to April. He took over after his predecessor, a physician and health care expert, give up in demonstration over Bolsonaro’s support for hydroxychloroquine.

Bolsonaro on Tuesday likened the infection to a rain that will fall on many people and said that some, like the senior, should take higher care.

” You can’t just talk about the consequences of the infection that you have to stress about. Life goes on. Brazil needs to produce. You require to get the economy in gear, ″ he said.

Brazilian cities and states last month started raising constraints that had been enforced to manage the spread of the infection, as deaths began to decline together with the caseload in extensive care units.

Bolsonaro supporter Silas Ribeiro said on the streets of Rio that the president is correct in stating the dangers of the infection have been exaggerated.

” Our president is a popular man. He is revealing that he isn’t afraid to die,” stated Ribeiro,59 “He is going to have health and make it through this sickness.”

Speaking near recently resumed stores in Rio, Wesley Morielo said he hopes Bolsonaro’s illness triggers him to reassess his stance.

” I think everything he said before, of not providing importance to COVID-19, returned versus him, ″ stated Morielo, a 24- year-old trainee.

The World Health Company’s emergency situations chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, wanted Bolsonaro a fast healing and stated his infection “brings home the truth of this infection” by showing that it doesn’t compare “prince or pauper.”

The president told reporters he underwent a lung X-ray on Monday after experiencing fever, muscle pains and malaise. Since Tuesday, his fever had actually subsided, he stated, and he attributed the enhancement to hydroxychloroquine.

He stepped back from the journalists and removed his mask at one point to reveal that he looks well.

Brazil’s benchmark Ibovespa stock index fell after Bolsonaro’s announcement, and closed 1.2%down on the day.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly checked out the medical facility since taking office, needing numerous operations to repair his intestines after he was stabbed on the campaign path in 2018.

He stated on Tuesday that he canceled a trip this week to the nation’s northeast area and will continue working by means of videoconference and receive rare visitors when he needs to sign a document.

Unlike Britain’s prime minister, who moderated his rhetoric after checking favorable for the virus, Bolsonaro will most likely not change his stance, said Leandro Consentino, a political science professor at Insper, a university in Sao Paulo.

” He’s decreasing a course of attempting to show to his base of support that COVID-19 is just a little influenza and benefit from the health problem to market for chloroquine,” Consentino said.

On Tuesday afternoon, Bolsonaro posted a video to Facebook of him taking his dose of hydroxychloroquine. “I rely on hydroxychloroquine. What do you believe?” he stated while laughing.

Over the weekend, the Brazilian leader popular American Independence Day with the U.S. ambassador to Brazil, then shared photos on social media showing him in close quarters with the diplomat, numerous ministers and aides. None used masks.

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The U.S. Embassy stated on Twitter that Ambassador Todd Chapman is not revealing any symptoms however would be checked.

Bolsonaro tested negative 3 times in March after satisfying with the Trump in Florida. Members of his delegation to the U.S. were later on reported to be infected.


AP video manufacturer Diarlei Rodrigues contributed to this report from Rio.

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