- Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 on July 7, and had three positive tests before tweeting that he had recovered, thanks to a malaria drug
- This comes as Brazil’s coronavirus cases reached 2.2 million, the second-highest in the world after the US
“RT-PCR for SARS-Cov 2: negative. Good morning everyone,” the 65-year-old tweeted, along with a photo of himself smiling and holding a packet of hydroxychloroquine. Its effectiveness against Covid-19 has not been demonstrated in clinical trials.
He did not say when he took the latest test.
The president, who has routinely downplayed the virus he calls a “little flu” but which is currently ravaging his country, spent nearly 20 days self-isolating at his official residence in the capital Brasilia, the Alvorada Palace.
During that time he underwent at least three
, all positive.
Three polls released this week showed the leader dubbed a “Tropical Trump” would win re-election in 2020, despite his controversial handling of the virus crisis.
The pandemic has exploded in Brazil, the country with the most infections and deaths from Covid-19 anywhere in the world except the United States.
The Latin American powerhouse has registered nearly 2.3 million cases of the new coronavirus and more than 85,000 deaths, and the numbers have continued to rise rapidly.
But Bolsonaro is a fierce critic of stay-at-home measures, arguing the economic pain they result in is worse than the virus itself.
The president has appeared to continue flouting virus precautions even after his diagnosis.
On Thursday he was seen going for a spin on his motorcycle and chatting muscles with a team of groundskeepers outside the presidential palace.
The same day he admitted in a live Facebook video that he was feeling “a bit wretched at being imprisoned here”.
- The Brazilian president tested positive for Covid-19 last week, but says he is taking hydroxychloroquine and that staying at home is ‘horrible’
- Brazil is the second-worst hit country in the world, after the United States. As of Monday, 72,833 people had died out of 1.8 million confirmed cases
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been in quarantine nearly a week after testing positive for the new
, announced on Monday he plans to take another test as he “can’t stand” being in isolation.
The result of the test, which is scheduled for Tuesday, “should be out in a few hours, and I will wait quite anxious because I can’t stand this routine of staying at home. It’s horrible,” Bolsonaro said in a telephone interview with CNN Brazil, from his official residence at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia.
Since the beginning of the crisis, the far-right president has dismissed the seriousness of the epidemic and criticized containment measures ordered by governors in Brazilian states.
During his interview, Bolsonaro said that he feels “very well” and has no fever or problems breathing. He also has not lost his sense of taste, one of the most common symptoms of Covid-19.
“Tomorrow, I don’t know if the new test will confirm [the virus], but if everything is fine, I’ll go back to work. Of course, if it’s the other way around, I’ll wait a few more days,” said the 65-year-old, adding he hoped to resume his activities within a week at most.
“Otherwise, everything is fine. We are working by video-conference all the time and we are doing our best not to let things accumulate,” he said.
Is the second-worst hit country in the world, after the United States. As of Monday, 72,833 people had died out of 1.8 million confirmed cases.