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Brazilian Prez Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

July 07, 2020 23:54 IST

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus.

 

IMAGE: Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. Photograph: Adriano Machado/Reuters

The President, who has been known to mingle in crowds without covering his face, confirmed the results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters huddled close in front of him in Brasilia.

Bolsonaro said he is taking hydroxychloroquine.

"I'm, well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can't due to medical recommendations," Bolsonaro said.

"I thought I had it before, given my very dynamic activity. I'm president and on the combat lines. I like to be in the middle of the people."

Brazil is the second worst-hit country after the United States with 1.63 million cases.

The country has reported over 65,556 deaths.

-- with inputs from Agencies

Source: ANI