7th July: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus.
According to reports, Brazilian’s Jair Bolsonaro after developing symptoms and fever tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.
Bolsonaro, who has been an outlier among world leaders in his skepticism of both the coronavirus and preventive measures intended to curb it, has been taking the news positively, saying, “There’s no problem, it’s natural. There’s no dread. It’s life.”
Bolsonaro, 65, described coronavirus as a ‘little cold’ and waded through public, repeatedly defying the safety measures. Recently as last week, he attended a Fourth of July party at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia without wearing a mask. A Brazilian court last month ordered Bolsonaro to wear a mask while in public.
Bolsonaro shared the news that he had contracted a highly infectious and potentially fatal virus at a news conference with reporters huddled near him. He wore a mask. He said he planned to continue working in isolation, but had canceled travel.
Bolsonaro is the fourth world leader to test positive for COVID-19. Earlier, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was treated in intensive care in April; he has since recovered.
Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam tested positive in April. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was hospitalized last month. He announced last week he was leaving the hospital and resuming work.
Brazil is the world’s second-worst coronavirus outbreak country, after the United States. Brazil has reported more than 1.6 million cases and 65,000 deaths which according to the health officials has been exacerbated by Bolsonaro’s frequent dismissal of it.
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