- “The test carried out on the president yesterday, on the 21st, showed a positive result,” a statement said.
- On Tuesday afternoon, the president was anxiously waiting for a negative test in order to resume his public duties.
- Before he was infected with the disease, Bolsonaro was on several occasions seen freely mingling with the citizens.
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the coronavirus once again. This is the third test he has had since he contracted the disease on July 7. The president remains isolated in the Alvorada Palace. In a statement, the government reported that the president’s state of health is nonetheless good.
“The test carried out on the president yesterday, on the 21st, showed a positive result,” a statement said. “President Bolsonaro is still in good condition, accompanied by the presidency’s medical team,” it added.
On Tuesday afternoon, the president was anxiously waiting for a negative test in order to resume his public duties. He had planned to travel over the weekend to the state of Piauí, with Senator Ciro Nogueira, but now the state of affairs dictate that he should continue being quarantined.
Bolsonaro spoke again yesterday with a small group of supporters who approached the Presidency’s official residence to attend a flag raising ceremony at the Palacio da Alvorada, in Brasilia.
Separated from some thirty people waiting to give him encouragement, the Brazilian head of state stated that he was in good health, but he clarified that his “return to normality” would depend on the results of the new COVID-19 test.
“If God wants to give a negative, things will return to normal.” the president had said on Tuesday, separated from his followers by a small water channel about three meters wide, and accompanied by a few people. Among them was Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the oldest of his three children.
While meeting his supporters at this time when he is in quarantine, Bolsonaro has always tried to show that he is in perfect health, which he has largely been attributing to hydroxychloroquine, the drug he is reportedly using to cure the disease.
Since he tested positive for coronavirus, and as explained by prescription from the military doctors who treat him, Bolsonaro has been treated with the controversial antimalarial drug, whose real efficacy against the coronavirus has been questioned by the scientific community.
The president, who since the beginning of the pandemic has refused to accept its true severity and scope, had undergone a new test last week, and was still positive. So, the doctors decided to prolong his confinement.
Before he was infected with the disease, Bolsonaro was on several occasions seen freely mingling with the citizens, despite the widespread pandemic in the South American nation.
At one instance, the Brazillian President shocked the world when he publicly participated in a demonstration against stay-at-home orders issued by state governors in a bid to slow down the spread of the pandemic.
Brazil is one of the two countries most affected in the world by the pandemic, only behind the United States. According to the latest official data, it already exceeds 80,100 deaths, and accumulates more than 2.1 million confirmed cases of the pandemic.