Published Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Brazilian President tests
positive for covid-19
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday, he has tested positive for coronavirus, a few days after showing symptoms, including a fever.
According to a Voice of America Journal report, Bolsonaro has previously downplayed the risks posed by the coronavirus, once telling supporters because of his history of athleticism, he would not worry if he became infected.
“I would not feel it, it would be like a little flu or like being under the weather," Bolsonaro said.
Bolsonaro’s apparent disregard for the potential lethal effects of the virus has led him to challenge safeguard measures to prevent the spread of the virus, such as weakening laws requiring a face mask in public.
Bolsonaro tested negative for covid-19 three times after several aides were diagnosed with the virus in March, following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump's at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, estate.
Brazil is one the countries worst hit by the coronavirus, with more than 1.6 million cases and more than 65,000 deaths.
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