Brazil is the second country in the world most affected by the pandemic and the first in Latin America
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Bolsonaro, with covid-19, caught riding a motorcycle and without a mask
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Saturday on his social networks that he tested negative for the new coronavirus after being diagnosed on July 7, a recovery that he attributes to his treatment with hydroxychloroquine.
Bolsonaro made the announcement after undergoing a new test: “RT-PCR for Sars-Cov 2: negative. Good morning everyone,” she wrote in the post, accompanied by a photo of her smiling and holding a box of hydroxychloroquine during her breakfast.
The 65-year-old ruler did not specify when the RT-PCR examination was performed, which detects the virus by analysis of nasal secretions.
Bolsonaro says that after being diagnosed, he started taking hydroxychloroquine, a drug that he defends to treat the coronavirus but whose efficacy is not scientifically proven.
The president, who described the coronavirus as “influenza”, spent almost 20 days on a remote schedule at his official residence in Brasilia, the Alvorada Palace. In that period, he underwent three other tests for Covid-19 that tested positive.
On his Facebook Live broadcast on Thursdays, Bolsonaro assured that he felt “very well”, although “a little overwhelmed from being locked in a room”.
Despite having to serve a period of confinement, the president was seen that same day riding a motorcycle and conversing without a mask with street sweepers outside his official residence, according to photographs circulated in the Brazilian media.
Bolsonaro, a skeptic of confinement applied in several states, also took short walks in the Alvorada gardens and greeted supporters who came to the palace to express their support. Always separated from them by a pond of water.
Brazil is the country most affected by the pandemic in Latin America and the second in the world, with 2.3 million people infected and more than 85,000 deaths, according to the latest official figures.
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