Coronavirus: Brazilian president denies testing positive


Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has denied reports that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

He took to Twitter to confirm he is awaiting the results of a second test on Friday.

Bolsonaro tweeted: “Coronavirus exam done with the team that were with JB in USA have not yet been completed.”

Reports in the US and Brazil said Bolsonaro has contracted the virus, which led to a strong denial from the president on social media.

He dined with US President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Saturday night, along with his press secretary, who was diagnosed with the disease following the trip.

Pictures and video show Trump, Bolsonaro and his press secretary Fabio Wajngarten all in close proximity on March 7.

Wajngarten was tested in Sao Paulo and received his positive result on Thursday after showing signs of flu.

Trump however told reporters on Thursday: “I’m not concerned.”

According to Fox News, a number of White House officials were called into an urgent meeting in the chief of staff’s office.
Bolsonaro appeared on TV on yesterday asking people to avoid the streets, after initially playing down the crisis, saying: “Other flus kill more than this” and also called concern over coronavirus “oversized”.
His son tweeted on Thursday that his father “is not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease”.

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