Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian president, has been tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested for the fourth time.
Bolsonaro: COVID-19 Is Flu
Like Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has been denying the severity of the disease all the time. He issued a statement in March in which he regarded the virus “a little flu”. He took it very carelessly. During a meeting when asked about the rising death toll, he replied that what can he do in this situation. And that he cannot do miracles.
The Brazilian leader believed that other kinds of flu cause more deaths than coronavirus. A number of times he recommended the public to disobey the local orders of closing businesses and avoiding gatherings.
Bolsonaro has once said that he would arrange a barbeque party to show that there is no need for social distancing.
According to sources, the president felt ill on Sunday, showing all the symptoms of COVID-19 i.e. fever, fatigue, and cough. He was tested for the virus on Monday and the reports confirmed that he was COVID 19 positive.
The president told the journalists that he was feeling good because he was using hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, which has been proved not helpful against the disease in recent research.
Still, he is not taking it seriously and denying the severity of the disease. As he is 65, he is at a greater the risk to develop worse symptoms.
Till the day, the death toll in Brazil has crossed 65,000 and there are more than 1.5M COVID-19 positive people . While talking to the journalists, Mr. Bolsonaro removed his mask to show his face and told that he wanted to walk around but he could not due to medical restrictions.
Previously, he had encouraged gatherings and used to roam in public without the mask, violating the law. He insisted that the public should continue normal daily life activities and keep working.
While addressing the youth, he said they need not to worry; as if they contract the virus, they would not be facing critical consequences. By the time, so many young people have become prey to the virus.
To show his consent, he had attended many protests against lockdown and urged the governors to remove the restrictions.
It was just his good luck that he had not contracted the virus earlier as he was not following any precaution. He said that he thought he had already contracted the virus without developing the symptoms like many other people.
Current health minister is the third with Bolsonaro as he had fired the former two for not agreeing and obeying him.
Now he is fourth world leader suffering from the disease. Other three are Borris Johnson, Prince Charles, and Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin.
As he has attended a 4th July party, without the mask, the day before he tested positive, other people who attended the party, including some ministers and the American ambassador, have been informed to get themselves tested.