Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Brazil president, Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro - who has held large rallies calling for lockdowns to be lifted - has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The far-right rabble rouser today revealed he had tested positive for the virus after he became unwell.

He told TV journalists: "It came back positive."

Just three days ago he was pictured celebrating July 4 with the US Ambassador - while not observing social distancing.

Brazil is now the second worst-affected country in the world and Bolsonaro, 65, has been heavily criticised for his response to the virus.

More than 1.6million Brazilians have contracted Covid-19, and the country's death toll stands at 65,556 after a rise of 620 yesterday.

Bolsonaro has previously branded the virus "little flu" and defied orders to wear a mask in public.

He has previously boasted that he would shake off Covid-19 because of his “athlete’s background”.