Brazil’s president tests positive for COVID-19

were later reported to be infected with the virus.More than 65,000 Brazilians have so far died from COVID-19 and more than 1,500,000 have been infected. 00:26

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus’ severity. “I’m well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can’t due to medical recommendations,” Bolsonaro said.The president has often appeared in public to shake hands with supporters and mingle with crowds, at times without a mask. Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)’s director of the Andes, told CBS News last month that she wouldn’t “trust” numbers released by the Brazilian government. President Donald Trump in Florida. She believes they’re much higher than what has been reported, citing Bolsonaro’s lack of transparency on the data. Michael Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program, said Tuesday during a press briefing that Bolsonaro’s infection “brings home for us all the reality of this virus” and “we are equally vulnerable.”Cities and states last month began lifting restrictions that had been imposed to control the spread of the virus, as their statistical curves of deaths began to decline along with the occupation rate of its intensive-care units. Independence Day with the nation’s ambassador to Brazil, then shared pictures on social media showing him with his arm around the ambassador alongside several ministers and aides. 01:42

Audrey McNamara and Christopher Brito contributed to this report. Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia.  “There are questions about really how much testing is going on in most of the areas worst affected, which may also influence the numbers,” she said. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying virus

July 7, 2020 / 2:37 PM
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Brazil’s president tests positive for COVID-19

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Dr. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro gestures before a national flag hoisting ceremony in front of Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil, June 9, 2020. He has said that his history as an athlete would protect him from the virus, and that it would be nothing more than a “little flu” were he to contract it. Reuters/Adriano Machado

He has also repeatedly said that there is no way to prevent 70% of the population falling ill with COVID-19, and that local authorities’ measures to shut down economic activity would ultimately cause more hardship than allowing the virus to run its course. First published on July 7, 2020 / 11:47 AM “The fact that it’s spreading like wildfire is completely not a surprise.”

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Over the weekend, the Brazilian leader celebrated the U.S. None wore masks, despite being in close quarters.The U.S. Brazil, the world’s sixth most populous nation, with more than 210 million people, is one of the global hot spots of the pandemic.On Monday, Bolsonaro told supporters in Brasilia that he underwent an X-ray of his lungs that showed they were clean, and that he would be tested for COVID-19. Embassy said on Twitter on Monday that Ambassador Todd Chapman is not showing any COVID-19 symptoms but would be tested.Bolsonaro tested negative three times in March after meeting with the U.S. Multiple members of his delegation to the U.S. On Tuesday, he told CNN Brasil that his fever had subsided. Both numbers are the world’s second-highest totals, and are considered to be undercounts to the lack of widespread testing.