Adding to the list of politicians being tested positive for COVID-19, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joins the league. Several of high-profile cases of COVID-19 emerged in recent times including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and several of the Heads of the African continent.
The right-wing populist leader took the test on July 6 after developing symptoms. He said, “There’s no reason for fear. That’s life … Life goes on. I thank God for my life and the role I’ve been given to decide the future of this great nation that is called Brazil.”
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been a critic of the precautionary measures being advised by the WHO including wearing a mask and adopting social distancing norms. He even downplayed the severity of the virus earlier by calling it a “little flu”.
Jair Bolsonaro in recent days have met a number of persons who will now be tested for the virus. The list involves, Paulo Guedes, the Economy Minister, Luiz Carlos Trabuco, the Chairman of Brazilian Bank Bradesco, Francisco Gomes Neto, the CEO of plane maker Embraer and Todd Chapman, the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil.
Marcos Espinal, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis at the Pan American Health Organization, said, “For Brazil, the infection of its President should reinforce the need to strengthen implementations of social-distancing recommendations and the use of masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus”.
Brazil has the world’s second-largest outbreak behind the United States.