President Jair Bolsonaro speaks with journalists while wearing a protective face mask as he arrives at Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 22, 2020Picture copyright
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President Bolsonaro has prior to now mentioned that he “will not be struck down by a little bit flu”

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has examined optimistic for coronavirus.

He took the check, his fourth, on Monday after creating signs, together with a excessive temperature.

Mr Bolsonaro has repeatedly performed down dangers of what he has known as the “little flu”, saying he wouldn’t be critically affected. He has opposed lockdowns, which he says harm the economic system.

Brazil has the second-highest variety of Covid-19 circumstances and deaths on the earth, after the US.

What did Mr Bolsonaro say?

He made the announcement in a TV interview on Tuesday, saying the fever he had been experiencing had gone down and that he felt “very nicely”.

Mr Bolsonaro mentioned that he had began experiencing signs on Sunday. He mentioned he had had a excessive temperature, a cough and had felt unwell.

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Media captionFrom 21 April 2020: The BBC’s South America correspondent Katy Watson appears at how Bolsonaro has responded to the virus in Brazil

He added that on Monday he had felt worse, which prompted him to take the coronavirus check.

Mr Bolsonaro is in a higher-risk group due to his age, 65.

He mentioned he was taking hydroxychloroquine – championed by US President Donald Trump – and azithromycin, an antibiotic, to deal with the sickness. Neither has been confirmed to be efficient in opposition to the virus.

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Contact tracing and exams might be carried out for the people Mr Bolsonaro has met lately.

His earlier three exams for the virus all got here again detrimental.

The chief director of the World Well being Group, Dr Mike Ryan, wished President Bolsonaro “a speedy and full restoration from this illness”, including: “I believe the message to us all is: we’re weak to this virus.”

What had he beforehand mentioned?

Again in April, Mr Bolsonaro mentioned that even when contaminated, he would “not have to fret as I would not really feel something, at most it will be like a little bit flu or a little bit chilly”.

The variety of Covid-19-related deaths and infections – at the moment underneath 3,000 and 40,000 – has since soared.

Regardless of this, President Bolsonaro has argued that regional lockdowns are having a extra damaging impact than the virus itself, and accused the media of spreading panic and paranoia.

His different feedback on the virus embody:

11 March:“From what I’ve seen till now, there are different kinds of flu which have killed extra people than that [coronavirus] one”

18 March: “Right now now we have data, that as a result of now we have a extra tropical local weather [in Brazil] we have virtually reached the top [of the pandemic], or it is already over… the virus would not unfold as quick in heat climates like ours”

20 March: “After being stabbed, I am not going to be introduced down by a little bit flu”

He has since continued to rail in opposition to measures that he deems “dictatorial” such because the closing seashores or necessities to put on face coverings.

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On Monday, he made additional adjustments to a legislation that might require Brazilians to put on masks in public.

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He has attended a lot of public occasions with no masks, even when native guidelines required him to put on one.

On Sunday, International Minister Ernesto Araújo posted a photograph on social media exhibiting himself with President Bolsonaro and others attending an Independence Day celebration on the US embassy in Brasilia.

None of these within the picture is sporting a masks or observing social distancing.

The US embassy mentioned that the ambassador had had lunch with Mr Bolsonaro and others on 4 July. It added that the ambassador had no signs however that he would bear testing.

The ambassador had earlier tweeted an image of himself with President Bolsonaro.

What’s the state of Covid-19 in Brazil?

Infections in Brazil and Latin America as a complete took some time to take maintain however then began to rise, initially for Brazil in its Amazonas area however then extra starkly in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Brazil turned solely the second nation to cross a million circumstances on 20 June and has continued to rise, passing 1.5 million. Many consultants consider deficiencies in testing imply the general figures for circumstances and deaths may very well be significantly increased.

Nonetheless lockdowns started to be lifted in lots of areas even because the circumstances surged. Each Rio and São Paulo have reopened bars and eating places prior to now week.

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Two well being ministers – each docs – have left their posts after disagreements with the president.

One ray of hope although is Brazil’s famend experience in vaccines. Two main vaccine exams, in partnership with AstraZeneca and Sinovac, are to start closing part testing on 1000’s of Brazilian volunteers.

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Media captionHearken to the person who resigned as Brazil’s well being minister because the pandemic worsened