With a wry smile to video cameras, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro moved down his face mask prior to making a declaration Tuesday.
After minimizing the intensity of the coronavirus for months, he revealed that he had actually checked favorable for COVID-19 and simply as rapidly shrugged-off the health problem and announced he felt well.
The president is now a figure: among the 1.6 million Brazilians who have actually contracted the infection, which has actually swept through the world leaving death and damage in its wake. So far, Brazil has actually taped 66,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
And on the very same day Bolsonaro verified his medical diagnosis, Brazil reported another 45,000 cases — an indication its raving epidemic is not decreasing.
The 65-year-old president had actually formerly stated that his history as a professional athlete would secure him from the infection which it would be absolutely nothing more than a “little flu.”
He has actually eliminated 2 health ministers because April, scolded state guvs and regional mayors for rigorous lockdown procedures and taken selfies with the general public.
Reacting to the news, executive director of the World Health Organization, Michael Ryan, stated Tuesday that when it pertains to the infection “no one is special.”
“The virus does not know really who we are, whether we are a prince or pauper, we are equally vulnerable,” he informed an interview, live-streamed from Geneva.
But Bolsonaro states he is positive he will quickly recuperate thanks to treatment with hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug likewise preferred by Donald Trump — however has actually not been shown reliable versus COVID-19.
Later on Tuesday, Bolsonaro, a conservative populist typically compared to President Trump, published a video on Facebook of him making fun of his desk and taking his 3rd dosage of hydroxychloroquine, followed by a thumbs-up.
“Today I’m a lot better, so certainly it’s working,” Bolsonaro stated, downing the dosage with a glass of water.
“We know today there are other remedies that can help fight the coronavirus. We know none of them have their efficacy scientifically proven, but I’m one more person for whom this is working. So, I trust hydroxychloroquine,” he included.
The deadly coronavirus is raving in Brazil, with cases and deaths installing — just the U.S. has actually experienced an even worse break out up until now.
Brazil’s native populations have actually been especially hard-hit, with deaths associated with the illness increasing by more than five-fold through May.
Bolsonaro fan Silas Ribeiro stated on the streets of Rio that the president was appropriate in mentioning the threats of the infection had actually been overemphasized.
“Our president is a popular man. He is showing that he isn’t afraid to die,” Ribeiro, 59, informed the Associated Press. “He is going to have health and get through this sickness.”
But not all Brazilians are persuaded of the previous army captain’s worthy screen of strength.
Student Wesley Morielo stated he hoped Bolsonaro’s illness triggers him to reassess his position on coronavirus.
“I think everything he said before, of not giving importance to COVID-19, came back against him,” Morielo likewise informed the AP.
Bolsonaro stated he had actually canceled a journey today to Brazil’s northeast area however will continue working by means of video-conference and get uncommon visitors when he requires to sign a file.
Over the weekend, the Brazilian leader commemorated the Fourth of July with the U.S. ambassador to Brazil, Todd C. Chapman, then shared images on social networks revealing him in close quarters with the diplomat, numerous ministers and assistants. None used masks.
The U.S. Embassy stated on Twitter on Tuesday that Ambassador Chapman was disappointing any signs of coronavirus however would be checked as a preventative measure.
Associated Press contributed.