Last updated on July 16th, 2020
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19 after months of being surrounded by the virus.
Bolsonaro himself announced the results, speaking on Brazilian TV channels on Tuesday. “Everybody knew it would reach a large part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me,” he said, referring to the Covid-19 test he performed on Monday.
“On Sunday, I wasn’t feeling very well. On Monday, it got worse when I started getting tired and some muscle aches. I also had a fever of 38 degrees [Celsius]. Given those symptoms, The president’s doctor said. Suspected of Covid-19, “Bolsonaro said, he then went to the hospital to get a lung scan.
He said his wife, First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro, was also tested.
In an interview after his diagnosis, Bolsonaro said that he would clearly state personal meetings in the near future. He said, “I am not going to see anyone for meetings. Everything will be done via video conference and I will rarely meet people if I need to deal with a more reserved matter.”
He has also acknowledged the serious risk posed by a virus that he has dismissed in the past as “a little flu”. “We know the fatal condition of the virus, like people above the age of 65, for people above 65, as well as comrades, diseases, other issues. In those cases, the virus can be decisive and cause everyone to die.” Can lead to. ” He knew, ”he said.
Bolsonaro first reassured supporters on Monday that his lungs were “clean” after the test. Wearing a mask, warns them not to approach him.
He said, “You can’t be too close to me, okay? Recommendation to everyone.”I thought I had already contracted it’
Brazil ranks second after the United States in number of coronavirus infections and deaths. But Bolsonaro often appears in public and rallies without a face mask, even embracing supporters.
“I must admit, I thought I had found it earlier, given my very dynamic activity in front of people,” he said on Tuesday. “And I can tell you more, I am the president and I am in the front line, I do not run from my responsibility nor do I run away from people.”
Local targets of his ire included the mayor of Manaus Virgílio Neto, for whom Bolsonaro was called a “piece of crap” for digging a massive tomb in his city during the great disaster. According to a statement from his office, Neto is now being treated for Covid-19 at a major Sao Paulo hospital.
Duringa Facebook Live session last month, Bolsonaro also said that local politicians could increase the number of deaths from coronaviruses to spoil the federal government’s response. “Nobody lost their lives, in most cases, due to a shortage of ICU beds or ventilators,” Bolsonaro said, calling citizens to check in hospitals “to see if the beds are occupied.”
Following his diagnosis on Tuesday, Bolsonaro insisted that the mayor and governor were responsible for dealing with the epidemic. “If it is going right or going badly, it is the responsibility of the governors and mayors, according to a Supreme Court decision,”