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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, he told reporters on Tuesday.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus after spending months flouting public health guidelines and dismissing the threat posed by a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people worldwide.

Bolsonaro, 65, said Monday that he had been tested for the virus and that an exam had showed his lungs were “clean.” Bolsonaro told reporters Tuesday that his test came back positive, CNN Brazil reported.

The far-right leader began showing some symptoms of the coronavirus over the weekend, according to Brazilian news reports. His positive test result comes just days after he attended a Fourth of July lunch celebration with Todd Chapman, the United States ambassador to Brazil, in Brasilia.

After announcing his positive result on Tuesday, Bolsonaro removed his mask while backing away from reporters and told them, “There is no need to panic.” Bolsonaro, who claimed he had already taken the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine as part of his treatment, also said he would self-isolate.

Bolsonaro was tested for the virus at least three times in March after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, and all those tests came back negative.

A Brazilian judge ordered Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public last month after he attended a spate of political rallies without one, even as cases surged throughout the country. At the time, the judge said no one was “above the law” and that the president had a “clear intent to break the rules.”

Courtesy: News Agencies

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Coronavirus
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