Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for COVID-19 after downplaying the risks and pandemic nature of the virus.
Bolsonaro who made the announcement yesterday revealed that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 but says he feels ‘perfectly well’ and has only mild symptoms.
The right-wing leader, 65, told supporters in Brasilia on Monday July 6 that he had been tested at a hospital and that an X-ray showed his lungs were ‘clean’.
‘I can’t get very close,‘ he said in comments recorded by Foco do Brasil. ‘I came from the hospital. I underwent a lung scan. The lung’s clean.’
The test was his fourth Coronavirus test, having tested negative three times in March after meeting with US President Donald Trump in Florida.
Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his response to the Coronavirus outbreak in Brazil, with many blaming him for the high death toll and cases. Brazil currently has no permanent health minister after two officials quit the job in less than a month after clashing with Bolsonaro over the pandemic.
Naija News also recalls that Other world leaders, including Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernández and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have also contracted the virus.