coronavirus update indiaas on : 16 September 2020 05:50 GMT+5:30
Jair Bolsonaro President of Brazil Tests Positive For Coronavirus
Bolsonaro, who has been an outlier among world leaders in his skepticism of both the coronavirus and preventive measures intended to curb it, was tested Monday evening after developing symptoms that included a fever.
New Delhi: Jair Bolsonaro, the President of Brazil tested COVID 19 positive. However, the President said that he was feeling "perfectly well" and had only mild symptoms. Mr Bolsonaro had caused a lot of controversy in Brazil for repeatedly flouting containment measures and minimizing the risk of the virus. Coronavirus has claimed 65,000 lives in Brazil, where around 1.6 million have been infected.
The test "has come out and it's positive," President Bolsonaro said in a television interview from his residence in capital Brasilia, adding that he was taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat the illness.
Hydroxychloroquine is a medication usually used to treat malaria and lupus, while azithromycin is an antibiotic that can be used to treat pneumonia.
The 65 year old leader Bolsonaro announced that he had started feeling unwell on Sunday and got worse on Monday, feeling "tiredness, illness and a fever of 38 degrees" Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit).
But he insisted he was feeling "good, calm" and took off his face mask to emphasize the point.
"Life goes on. We're going to take care, particularly of old people and those with illnesses that are a risk factor," he added before repeating his mantra that the "collateral effects" of the virus should not be worse than the illness itself.
On Monday, he announced he had taken a test and told CNN Brazil that he underwent an X-ray of his lungs at a military hospital as a precaution.
According to the local media, the President had cleared his schedule for the week.
Since the beginning of the virus outbreak, President Bolsonaro has minimized the risks of what he initially called "a little flu" and flouted social distancing rules and containment measures, such as wearing a mask in public.
Brazil is the second worst-hit country in the world by the pandemic after the United States.
President Bolsonaro had been tested three times previously -- all came back negative.
On Monday, he watered down for a second time a law that would require citizens to wear face masks in public.
Thes Brazilian President had also posted photos on social media in which he is not wearing a face mask at a lunch with the US ambassador and several ministers celebrating the July 4th holiday.
(Inputs from news agencies)