President of Brazil Tests Positive for Coronavirus

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

After showing the corresponding coronavirus symptoms, including temperature Bolsonaro was tested on a virus on Monday, BBC reports

For the record, Brazil’s President vetoed a compulsory mask-wearing regulation a couple of days ago.

"Mr. Bolsonaro has repeatedly played down risks of what he has called the "little flu", saying he would not be seriously affected. He has opposed lockdowns, which he says hurt the economy," reads the article. 

Brazil has the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the world, after the US.

The latest data shows that the infected cases exceeded 1.6 million in Brazil while 65 000 patients have died of the virus.

Mr. Bolsonaro is in a higher-risk group because of his age, 65.

Contact tracing and tests will be carried out for the people he has met recently.

His previous three tests for the virus all came back negative.

The executive director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Mike Ryan, wished President Bolsonaro "a speedy and full recovery from this disease", adding: "I think the message to us all is: we are vulnerable to this virus."

By Ana Dumbadze 

Source: BBC 

08 July 2020 10:35