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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Bolsonaro reportedly complained of feeling exhausted Saturday night, after his meal with the US ambassador, and felt unwell again Sunday, leading to his test.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday took a fourth test for COVID-19 and an X-ray of his lungs. The president gave the announcement live on television.

Bolsonaro took a coronavirus test on Monday after the Brazilian media reported that he had a fever.

"There's no reason for fear. I went to do a Covid exam a while ago, but everything is okay", he said.

One of the main sticking points was Brazil's decision to recommend the use of the antimalarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 despite a lack of scientific consensus on their potential effectiveness.

Under Bolsonaro's watch, Brazil has become increasingly politically polarized and news of his positive result set social media channels raging. He did not have a mask on.

"Just look at my face. I'm well, fine, thank God".

"Today I'm a lot better, so certainly it's working", Bolsonaro said, downing the dose with a glass of water.

Bolsonaro said he tested positive for the new coronavirus on Tuesday after months of downplaying its severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country.

President Donald Trump has been critical of the WHO's pandemic response, accusing it of bias toward China and ignoring early signs of human-to-human transmission of the deadly virus. He has encouraged reopening even as the country's number of cases rises, and has criticized local governments' efforts to stamp out the virus through social distancing measures, such as quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.

The President had received criticism from across the political divide for dismissing the threat of the virus in the country.

Bolsonaro said he cancelled a trip to the northeast region planned for this week.

In May, he posted a video on his Facebook account where he did not wear a mask, and was seen shaking hands and waving at the crowd.

Also present at that Independence Day celebrationwere several top cabinet members, including foreign minister Ernesto Araújo, defence minister Fernando Azevedo, and the president's son, Eduardo, a politician who is Steve Bannon's representative in South America. "Now, the collateral damage from all this will be unemployment".

Brazil has become a global hotspot for the virus, trailing only the US with more than 65,000 confirmed deaths and over 1.62 million total cases. However, experts have argued that the numbers could be higher.