COVID-19: Brazil’s President claims he has tested negative

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stands in front of the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, where he has been in quarantine since testing positive for coronavirus. Photo: BBC

Brasilia, Brazil – President of Brazil, Jair Bolsorano has revealed that he has tested negative for Covid-19.

He stated that he tested negative after the fourth test which was administered on him since he initially tested positive for Covid-19 on July 7th.

The 65-year-old leader, who for months had downplayed COVID-19 and flouted social distancing recommendations, didn’t say when he did the new test, although it is known that he had tested positive for the third time on Wednesday.

Bolsonaro also posted a photo of himself with a box of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, although it has not been proven effective against the virus.

Shortly after disclosing the negative result, Bolsonaro left the presidential residence on a motorcycle. Accompanied by security guards, he went to a motorcycle shop. On the way out, he took pictures with people nearby, removed his mask and put on his helmet. Bolsonaro then stopped at a gas station to refuel. He also visited federal deputy Bia Kicis, who published a photo in which she, the president and others appear without wearing masks.

Upon returning to the Alvorada Palace, his official residence, Bolsonaro greeted motorcyclists and gathered with them to take photos.

Bolsonaro had spent many weekends since the beginning of the pandemic in close proximity to supporters, sometimes without wearing a mask. After being diagnosed with the new coronavirus, he said he had experienced fever, aches and malaise, but continued to work, holding video meetings with officials and aides.

With the negative result of his test, Bolsonaro also intends to resume his travel schedule. Next Thursday, he is scheduled to go to Bahia, a state in northeastern Brazil, for an official ceremony.

Source: AP