Brazil president Bolsonaro told reporters on Tuesday that his test results for the novel coronavirus came back positive. Brazil has 1.6 million confirmed cases and more than 65,000 deaths as a result of COVID-19.
Jair bolsonaro is been into scrutiny for ill handling of corona pandemic in Brazil,making it second largest affected country in the world
Mr. Bolsonaro fell ill two days after he and a handful of his ministers attended a Fourth of July luncheon at the residence of Todd Chapman, the American ambassador in Brazil. Mr. Bolsonaro and other attendees sat shoulder-to-shoulder, embracing with no masks.
Na Embaixada dos EUA, celebrando o 4 de julho, dia da independência americana. pic.twitter.com/CqtgUNxiSL— Ernesto Araújo (@ernestofaraujo) July 4, 2020
Speaking to journalists outside the presidential palace in Brasília shortly after noon on Tuesday, Mr. Bolsonaro, said he had taken a test on Monday after experiencing fatigue, muscle pain and a fever.
He said he was feeling “very well,” which he credited to having taken hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug he has endorsed but which studies show does not ward off the virus.
After taking questions from journalists, Mr. Bolsonaro stepped back a few feet, removed the mask he had been wearing and smiled.
“Thank you to all those who prayed for me and rooted for me,” he said. “I’m fine, thank God. Those who have criticized me, that’s fine, they can continue to criticize me.”
I am the president, I have to be on the front lines of the fight,” he said, comparing the virus to “rain, which is going to get to you.” said bolsonaro
The president said on Tuesday that his illness does not alter his view that Brazilians need to continue working.
“There is no need to panic,” he said. “Life goes on.”
A bigger threat than the virus, he said, was failure to get workers back on the job in an economy that is expected to contract by up to 10 percent this year.
“Brazil needs to get back to work,” he said. “Otherwise the economy will enter a very complicated phase.”