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Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil, Brasilia
July 7, 2020 at 17:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he had recently tested positive for coronavirus. He made the remarks at a press conference at the Palacio da Alvorada in Brasilia on Tuesday.

The 65-year-old president, who has frequently played down the threat of the pandemic to Brazil, said he was "perfectly fine" during his speech to the press, in which he wore a mask.

Bolsonaro explained that the symptoms began "with a brief indisposition, and worsened on Monday with discomfort, tiredness, a little muscle pain and a high fever of 38 degrees," leading him to take the test later in the day.

He also acknowledged that he was being treated with hydroxychloroquine, a drug of which he is a staunch defender, although its effectiveness in fighting coronavirus has not been proven.

Brazil has suffered the world’s second-highest recorded number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he had recently tested positive for coronavirus. He made the remarks at a press conference at the Palacio da Alvorada in Brasilia on Tuesday.

The 65-year-old president, who has frequently played down the threat of the pandemic to Brazil, said he was "perfectly fine" during his speech to the press, in which he wore a mask.

Bolsonaro explained that the symptoms began "with a brief indisposition, and worsened on Monday with discomfort, tiredness, a little muscle pain and a high fever of 38 degrees," leading him to take the test later in the day.

He also acknowledged that he was being treated with hydroxychloroquine, a drug of which he is a staunch defender, although its effectiveness in fighting coronavirus has not been proven.

Brazil has suffered the world’s second-highest recorded number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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