World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive For Covid-19

The announcement comes three days after the right-wing leader was photographed without a mask with the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil.

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (C) waves to supporters during the inauguration of a field hospital in Aguas Lindas, in the State of Goiais, Brazil, on June 5, 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo: Sergio Lima/AFP via Getty Images)

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro—who has repeatedly dismissed the threat of the coronavirus and has faced mounting criticism for his government's response to the pandemic—tested positive for Covid-19, he announced Tuesday.

"On Sunday, I wasn't feeling very well," the 65-year-old leader said. "On Monday, it got worse when I started feeling tired and some muscle pain. I also had a 38-degree fever."

Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil Tuesday that he's feeling "perfectly well" despite the diagnosis.

ABC News reported that Bolsonaro's frequent mask-less appearances included one at a July 4th celebration at the American Embassy, where he was photographed with U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Todd Chapman.

The Brazilian president also took his mask off Tuesday as he spoke to reporters, saying, "Just look at my face. I'm well, fine, thank God."

Brazil-based journalist Glenn Greenwald noted that the Covid-19 announcement comes as the "country is on Day 53 of having no Health Minister. The last two were fired/resigned within 30 days of each other for endorsing science."

Bolsonaro's announcement also comes as the number of global coronavirus cases reached over 11.6 million. Brazil had the second highest number of confirmed cases—over 1.6 million—behind the United States, which had 2.9 million.

Over 65,000 Brazilians have died from Covid-19 related complications.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Assange's Hearing: Latest Observations From Court

Despite severe restrictions on observers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the only NGO that has gained access to the hearing, and we’ve managed to monitor proceedings on most days. We will continue to do so whenever possible. Yesterday I was in court ... More>>

Climate Change: Record Northern Heat, Fuels Concerns Over US Wildfire Destruction

More than 78,000 acres of forest in the Sierra mountains in California has been lost due to wildfires. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO ... More>>

ILO: Impact On Workers Of COVID-19 Is ‘catastrophic’

COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization ( ILO ) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the ... More>>

UN: WHO Warns Against Potential Ebola Spread In DR Congo And Beyond

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 


 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC