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Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 after developing symptoms, including a high temperature and muscular pain.

The president told reporters in Brasilia that he was feeling better after being treated with hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has not proven effective against the coronavirus.

Bolsonaro took the test on Monday. “It just turned out positive,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

Bolsonaro said he imagined he might already have been infected by the coronavirus earlier in the pandemic, given his frequent contact with the population.

“As president, I am on the front lines,” he said.

Bolsonaro has played down the clinical effects of the coronavirus and has insisted on reopening Brazils economy, although the virus continues to take its toll, with around 65,000 deaths in the country.

World Health Organization Executive Director for Health Emergencies Programme Mike Ryan said the agency wished Bolsonaro” a spRead More – Source