Brazilian President tested positive for COVID-19 - a disease he called 'small flu'.

Brazilian President Tested Positive For COVID-19 - A Disease He Called 'Small Flu'.


The politician - who dismissed the disease as a "little flu" - said he started feeling ill on Sunday but insisted his condition had improved since receiving treatment.


He said anti-malarial drugs are taking a lot of hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic azithromycin.

"I'm fine, casual," Bolsonarro told reporters wearing a face mask.

"I want to get back here, but I can't because of medical recommendations."

Bolsonaro canceled his trip to the state of Bahia after his diagnosis.

The Brazilian leader spent several months trying to reduce the severity of the coronavirus and often appeared without masks, shaking hands with supporters and shaking hands with the crowd.

The former Army captain claimed that his "athletic history" protected him from the virus, and that if they hesitated, it would be nothing more than a "little flu."

He repeatedly stated that there is no way to prevent 70% of the population from getting sick with COVID-19 and that stopping the economic activity of local authorities will eventually allow the virus to run its course rather than cause trouble.

More than 65,000 people have died of coronavirus in Brazil and more than 1.5 million cases - the second highest in the world.

Brazilian cities and states have begun lifting sanctions imposed last month to curb the spread of the virus.

After meeting with US President Donald Trump in Florida, Bolsonaro tested negative for coronavirus three times in March.

It was later reported that several members of his delegation in the US had been infected.

On Monday, Mr Bolsonaro told supporters in Brasilia to do x-rays for his lungs, to show that they were clean and to be tested for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, he said his fever had subsided.

Over the weekend, the Brazilian leader celebrated America's Independence Day with the country's ambassador to Brazil.

He shared photos of himself showing his hand around the ambassador with several ministers and colleagues on social media. No one was wearing a mask despite being close.

Ambassador Todd Chapman said on Twitter that the US embassy on Monday did not show any Kovid-19 features but would test it.

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