Brazilian President Jair Bolonsaro observes a ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, amid the outbreak of coronovirus disease (COVID-19), at the Alvarada Palace on July 15, 2020, to lower the Brazilian national flag for the night. REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino
SAO PAULO / BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Boulonaro on Wednesday re-purposed the purported properties of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to fight COVID-19, as he said he tested positive for coronovirus , When he first announced that he had become infected.
“I was given the drug from the beginning with hydroxychloroquine as recommended by the doctor. I felt better the next day, ”Bolsonaro said in a video posted on social media. “Whether it’s a coincidence or not … it worked for me.”
Like close ally US President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro is quick to sing praise for hydroclicchloroquine, despite scientific evidence that the novel works against coronaviruses.
Since catching the virus, Bolsonaro said that he remains in good health and that he will resume his normal work schedule after testing negative.
On Wednesday, he appeared at a flag ceremony in the grounds of the presidential palace, wearing masks and at some distance from others. He said he would test again in a few days.
Bolsonaro has sidelined medical experts in dealing with the Brazilian epidemic, which has become one of the worst in the world outside the United States. He has pushed back against the state and city lockout and is often publicly promoted without a mask, drawing criticism from public health experts.
The pressure from the right-wing president to use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 in Brazil separated two health ministers, who resigned in the midst of the epidemic. Sources said the ministry is being led on an interim basis by a currently active army general who currently appears slated to play the role, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.
A former army captain, Bolsonaro first announced his diagnosis on 7 July.
He has described the disease as “a little flu” over the epidemic and ended the country’s growing death toll – now more than 75,000 – and said he has a strong “athletic history” that would allow him to develop severe symptoms. Will save you from doing.
Reporting by Marcello Roshbrun and Leonardo Benasato; Additional reporting by Lysandra Paraguasu and Alexandre Caverney; Editing by Christian Plumb, Richard Chang and Rosalba O’Brien