- Bolsonaro confirmed the news of his infection after he underwent a test of the disease in a military hospital in the capital, Brasília.
- The 65-year-old leader is said to be already undergoing treatment with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.
- Bolsonaro also extended his downplaying of the coronavirus to himself personally.
Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for COVID-19. President Bolsonaro, who has been downplaying the pandemic for a long time, initially complained of fever, cough, and body aches, and general body weaknesses. These symptoms were said to have necessitated the test.
The Brazilian President confirmed the news of his infection after he underwent a test of the disease in a military hospital in the capital, Brasília. Bolsonaro previously admitted to the general public that he had typical COVID-19 symptoms. He has, however, clarified that he does not have pneumonia. After the examination in the military clinic, and contrary to his habit, he wore a breathing mask.
Bolsonaro had been taking the seriousness of the disease very lightly, and he’s previously described the pandemic as a “little flu,” a trifling “cold.” The Brazilian head of state had also accused the media creating a tempest in a teapot, in strong opposition to the wide coverage that the pandemic has been accorded both locally and abroad.
Bolsonaro maintained this position even as confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, soared in the country.
Therapy with Controversial Drug
The 65-year-old leader is said to be already undergoing treatment with the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which he himself touted as a “miracle drug” against COVID-19. US President Donald Trump also campaigned for hydroxychloroquine, but the World Health Organization has advised against it’s usage in the treatment against COVID-19.
A section of Brazil’s local media has also announced that the grandmother of the president’s wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, is also suffering from COVID-19. The 80-year-old has been in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the capital, Brasilia, since Friday. According to media reports, she has been fixed on artificial breathing aids, owing to her deteriorating condition.
Bolsonaro the Doubting Thomas?
Bolsonaro also extended his downplaying of the coronavirus to himself personally. He said the “little flu” could not harm him, as a former athlete. The right-wing populist refused to keep his distance and wear masks in public as a means of staying safe from contracting the deadly disease. Most recently, Bolsonaro vetoed a nationwide mask requirement in churches and shops.
There have been numerous protests in Brazil against Bolsonaro’s policy towards the coronavirus pandemic. Above all, he has been criticized for the lack of protection against the infection. This is particularly true as the pandemic affects the socially weak and endangers the indigenous population.
Brazil Second-Worst Hit by Pandemic
Brazil is currently the focus of the coronavirus pandemic, alongside the United States. To date, 1.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the largest country in Latin America, and more than 65,000 people have died. Experts assume that the number of unreported cases is high because Brazil hasn’t tested many people as such.
Despite the mass infections in the county, coronavirus restrictions have recently been widely relaxed in many parts of the nation. In Rio de Janeiro, for example, restaurants and bars have resumed normal operations despite the high infection rates.