Brazil`s president tests positive for coronavirus
Published: 10:58 AM, 8 July 2020
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The president made the announcement in a television interview on Tuesday.
He said that the fever he had been experiencing had gone down and that he felt "very well".
He took the test for the fourth time on Monday after developing symptoms including a high temperature.
Bolsonaro said that he had started experiencing symptoms on Sunday. He said he had had a high temperature, a cough and had felt unwell. He added that on Monday he had felt worse, which prompted him to take the coronavirus test.
The Brazilian President is in a higher-risk group because of his age, 65.
He said he was taking hydroxychloroquine - championed by US President Donald Trump - and azithromycin, an antibiotic, to treat the illness. Neither has been proven to be effective against the virus.
Brazil has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world, after the US. The Latin American country became only the second country to pass one million cases on 20 June and has continued to rise, passing 1.5 million. Many experts believe deficiencies in testing mean the overall figures for cases and deaths could be considerably higher.