Brazilian Bolsonaro examined for Covid-19 after feeling sick

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro observes during the opening ceremony of the Main Space Operations Center (COPE-P) amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) at the Command of Operações Aeroespaciais on June 23, 2020 in Brasilia .

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who scoffed at the risks of the coronavirus, underwent another test for Covid-19 shortly after the presidential palace said the right-wing leader had shown symptoms consistent with the disease.

Bolsonaro, 65, told supporters gathered Monday outside the presidential palace in Brasilia that he had been tested for the virus and that “everything is fine.”

Speaking while wearing a face mask, he also said that a separate medical examination had shown that his lungs were “clean,” according to a video broadcast on a YouTube channel.

Brazilian news sources, including a CNN affiliate, have reported that Bolsonaro has tested positive for the virus, but this has not been verified by CNBC or officially confirmed.

A government spokesman was not immediately available for comment when CNBC contacted him Tuesday morning.

On Monday, the presidential palace said Bolsonaro was in good health, but told NBC News that he had felt unwell and had a fever of 38 degrees Celsius (about 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Local media reported that Bolsonaro has canceled all his official activities until he gets his test results for Covid-19. Results are expected around 11 am ET on Tuesday.

‘Little flu’

The President of Brazil, an ideological ally of President Donald Trump, has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, dismissing the pandemic as a “little flu” and condemning state governors for imposing blockades that are causing job losses.

Since the start of the pandemic, Bolsonaro has ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organization, such as avoiding public meetings, wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing.

Late last month, he reportedly suggested during a Facebook live event that he believed he had already hired Covid-19.

Health personnel from a medical emergency response service carry the 79-year-old Brazilian, Eladio Lopes, infected with the new coronavirus, on a stretcher to be transferred in an ambulance boat from the community of Portel to a hospital in Breves, on the island of Marajo, Pará state, Brazil, on May 25, 2020.

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More than 1.6 million people in Brazil have tested positive for the virus, with 65,487 deaths across the country, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Brazil has reported by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America and is the second after the United States worldwide.

In March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first world leader to test positive for the coronavirus. Initially, the leader of the Conservative Party continued to work in isolation, but his condition worsened and he was admitted to a hospital where he spent three nights in the intensive care unit. Johnson was released from the hospital on April 12.

More recently, the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, was released from the hospital 16 days after being diagnosed with Covid-19.