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  • Jair Bolsonaro at a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, May 14, 2020.

    Jair Bolsonaro at a press conference in Brasilia, Brazil, May 14, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 7 July 2020
Opinion

The far-right president said he has begun treatment with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro Tuesday personally announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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"It began with some indisposition on Sunday and worsened on Monday, with fatigue, fever, and muscle pain," Bolsonaro explained.

Nevertheless, the president still considers that attention given to the pandemic in Brazil is exaggerated, even though the South American nation has become one of the world's disease hotspots due to his policies.

The Brazilian president had tested negative on three previous occasions, after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in March.

Also, Bolsonaro, who has called COVID-19 a "minor flu" in the past, keeps on defending the use of hydroxychloroquine, a drug whose effectiveness has caused controversy among medical authorities.

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