Jair Bolsonaro Joins the List of World Leaders Infected With COVID-19

Jair Bolsonaro, the 65-year-old Brazilian President has tested positive for COVID-19.

jair bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro gestures before a national flag hoisting ceremony in front of Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

Jair Bolsonaro tests positive joins list of world leaders infected with COVID-19.

Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian President has tested positive for COVID-19. He once announced the diagnosis on television several months after he was diagnosed with what was once called a “minor fever.”

  • Despite reports of 65,000 virus-related deaths in Brazil, Bolsonaro underestimated the COVID-19
  • Bolsonaro is now joining the list of world leaders infected with COVID-19
  • Brazil is now the second most severely affected country, which is only dwarfed by the US
  • In March, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended up in the hospital with the worst case of COVID-19
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Reality check

For months, Jair Bolsonaro has said that the panic surrounding COVID-19 has been high, and has criticized any calls to take the threat seriously. Brazil is now the second most severely affected country, which is only dwarfed by the US.

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Despite reports of 65,000 virus-related deaths in Brazil, Bolsonaro underestimated the impact of the COVID-19 infection. He appeared in public without a mask and even hugged supporters.

After experiencing symptoms of fatigue, muscle pain and fever, his tone changed this week. The 65-year-old leader sought a test and announced on TV on Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19.

But even when he realized that he had fallen ill, he continued to develop his image by justifying his dangerous behaviour. “I must confess,” he said, “that I thought I had already received this because of my very active activity in the face of the people. And I can tell you. I am the President, I am on the front lines.

“Because of my contact with people, I thought I was already contracted. I didn’t notice it. The vast majority of Brazilian people control the virus. They don’t know it.”

World leaders with “Positive” COVID-10 results

Bolsonaro is now joining the list of world leaders infected with the virus.

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In March, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended up in the hospital with the worst case of COVID-19. The Tory leader rejected the threat of the epidemic before he was personally affected.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez  of Honduras recently returned to the hospital for two weeks with a serious case of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mikhustin tested positive  in April and Armenian Prime Minister  Nikol Pashinyan in June.

At a low, but important office this Monday, Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, revealed that she and her husband have tested positive. Keisha has emerged as a recognizable face in this year’s news. 

She has led the war against dual crises in her city: an epidemic that disproportionately affects communities of color and civil unrest amid the national movement for racial justice.

Lance is reportedly running for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

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