The Guardian reports:
The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has announced live on television he has tested positive for coronavirus. “It came back positive,” a mask-wearing Bolsonaro told a hand-picked group of reporters on Tuesday lunchtime.
Bolsonaro, 65, has repeatedly trivialized the pandemic and flouted social distancing, even as Brazil became the second-worst hit country after the United States, with more than 65,000 deaths and 1.6 million confirmed cases.
In March, as Covid-19 claimed its first victims in Brazil, the far-right populist used an address to the nation to brag that, if infected, he would quickly shake off the illness thanks to his “athlete’s background”.
Breaking via WaPo: Brazilian President Bolsonaro, who has sought repeatedly to minimize the coronavirus as he urges the country back to work, has tested positive for COVID-19. https://t.co/E0aZqsGkz7
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 7, 2020
BREAKING NEWS: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — one of the world's biggest coronavirus denialists — is reportedly experiencing symptoms of #Covid19. According to CNN Brasil, the president has a high fever and low blood saturation. pic.twitter.com/EKWfkrxYGs
— The Brazilian Report (@BrazilianReport) July 6, 2020