BRAZILIAN President Jair Bolsonaro has been tested for the novel coronavirus, local media cited the president’s office as saying on Monday.
The right-wing populist president, who has been dismissive of the illness as a ‘little flu’, had shown symptoms and run a fever before taking a test at the military hospital in the capital Brasilia, news portal UOL reported.
He also had his chest X-rayed. On Monday, Bolsonaro was seen in public wearing a face mask and reportedly told a supporter not to come too close.
The president had previously been seen several times in public without a face mask, which is compulsory in Brasilia.
The 65-year-old has already been tested three times for the virus. Following a suit by the state of Sao Paulo, the government presented the results to the Supreme Court in May – all were negative at the time.
Bolsonaro has so far shown great reluctance to implement measures to stop the spread of the virus.
Last week, he watered down a law that would require widespread mask-wearing in the country to stem its spread.
More than 1.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in Brazil, a number of cases second only to the United States’ and more than 65,000 people have died. (dpa/NAN)
– Jul. 7, 2020 @ 9:19 GMT |