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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19



  • Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has flouted public health recommendations, has tested positive for COVID-19, he confirmed on Tuesday. 
  • The Brazilian president has garnered a reputation as an anti-science leader. 
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for COVID-19, he confirmed on Tuesday.

The Brazilian leader was tested for coronavirus on Monday, and spoke to supporters from a distance shortly thereafter. 

“I’ve came back from the hospital now, I’ve done a lung screening, my lung is clean, OK? I went to do a Covid exam a while ago, but everything is okay,” Bolsonaro said to supporters outside the presidential palace in Brasília, while urging them to keep their distance. He was wearing a mask at the time. 

Last month, a federal judge in Brazil ordered Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public while in the Brazilian capital or face a fine. 

Much like President Donald Trump, with whom Bolsonaro has an extremely friendly relationship, the Brazilian president has routinely rejected the science surrounding COVID-19 and flouted public health recommendations.

“Our lives have to go on. Jobs must be kept … We must, yes, get back to normal,” Bolsonaro said during a speech in March. “With my history as an athlete, if I were infected with the virus, I would have no reason to worry. I would feel nothing, or it would be at most just a little flu.”

Brazil has one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world. 

This story is developing and will continue to be updated.

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