Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president said on Monday he had been tested for the coronavirus again after attending a July 4th party without a mask. The president said his lungs were “clean”, after the media reported he was showing symptoms associated with the coronavirus.
Bolsonaro played down the effect of the virus on the country several times despite Brazil having one of the world’s worst outbreaks. The south American country currently has more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and over 65,000 coronavirus deaths, according to official data.
President Bolsonaro told reporters outside the presidential palace that he had just been tested for the virus at the hospital. Also Read– Brazil confirms more than 1 million coronavirus cases
“I can’t get very close,” he said in a statement recorded by Foco do Brasil, a pro-government YouTube channel. “I came from the hospital. I underwent a lung scan. The lung’s clean.”
The president’s office said in an announcement that the president is at his home and “in good health.”
Bolsonaro continues to violate health guidelines
Even after a judge ordered Bolsonaro to wear a mask in late June, the right-wing populist violated local guidelines and did not wear a mask in public.
The president was in close contact with the US ambassador to Brazil over the weekend during July 4th celebrations. Bolsonaro underwent testing and had negative results after several aides tested positive for the disease ensuing a visit to US President Trump’s estate in Florida.
According to reports, Bolsonaro is taking the drugs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin despite little to no proof of their effectiveness. The president has advocated the drugs as being effective prevention methods against the infectious disease with no scientific proof or research.
The president has repeatedly been seen in public without a face mask, shaking hands, and mingling within crowds. Bolsonaro criticized the restrictions on the economy by officials and said the economic halt will cause more damage than the virus itself.
Bolsonaro official events for Tuesday have been cancelled, according to CNN Brasil.