Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Written By: BBC
167

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus.

KBC Radio_KICD Timetable

He took the test, his fourth, on Monday after developing symptoms, including a high temperature.

Mr Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down the risks posed by the virus, calling it “a little flu” and saying that he would not be seriously affected by it.

He has also urged regional governors to ease lockdowns, which he says hurt the economy, and on Monday he watered down regulations on wearing face masks.

Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153

Mr Bolsonaro made the announcement in a TV interview on Tuesday. He said the fever he had been experiencing had gone down and that he felt “very well”.

Also Read  Developers urged to construct houses with amenities 

Mr Bolsonaro said that he had started experiencing symptoms on Sunday. He said he had had a high temperature, a cough and had felt unwell.

He added that on Monday he had felt worse which prompted him to take the coronavirus test.

Back in April, he said that even if he were to be infected with the virus, he would “not have to worry as I wouldn’t feel anything, at most, it would be like little flu or a little cold”.

Also Read  COVID-19: Kenyans asked to dress warmly to avoid any triggers

When he made the remark, the number of COVID-19-related deaths was still under 3,000 and the number of infections was around 40,000.

But the numbers have skyrocketed since then. As of Monday, the number of deaths was over 65,000 and infections were over 1.6m, second only to the United States.

Also Read  Personal sacrifice vital in defeating COVID-19 and violent extremism

Despite the rising numbers, President Bolsonaro has argued that regional lockdowns are having a more damaging effect than the virus itself, and accused the media of spreading panic and paranoia.

While he was at his most vocal and dismissive in March, he has continued to rail against measures that he deems “dictatorial” such as the closing beaches or requirements to wear face coverings.

On Monday, he made further changes to a law which would require Brazilians to wear masks in public.

KBC-You-tube-728x90-New-2

Tell Us What You Think