Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil's president tested for COVID-19

Brazilian President tested for coronavirus after showing symptoms

"It was positive for me", Bolsonaro said, referring to the Covid-19 test he took Monday.

When asked about media reports that Bolsonaro has a fever, Cintia Macedo, a presidential spokesperson, told CNN: "We do not have this information".

The decontamination exercise will make schools safe for learning activities, Minister of Environment Muhammad Mahmood told reporters here, adding an earlier plan to carry out disinfection was delayed for lack of personnel.

With more than 1.6 million people infected and more than 65,000 deaths due to the virus, Brazil is now the second hardest-hit country by the pandemic after the United States.

However, upon announcing his Covid-19 test results, the Brazilian president acknowledged that he is among the risk group for the disease, being aged 65.

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"I'm sorry", Bolsonaro said in April, after the country's death toll reached 5,000, "but what do you want me to do about it?"

On Monday night Bolsonaro's son, Carlos, attacked critics of his father who he claimed were willing the president's death.

The Brazilian president also took his mask off Tuesday as he spoke to reporters, saying, "Just look at my face".

Since then, he has mingled with members of his administration and the general public, and had lunch with the USA ambassador to Brazil on Saturday.

The American ambassador, Todd Chapman, was seated on the other side of the president.

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"I'm the president. I like to be among the people and given that intense contact, I thought I could have already caught it previously without knowing", said Bolsonaro, admitting that he wasn't surprised at the result of Monday's test. In March, after multiple members of his delegation to a United States visit contracted the virus, he said he tested negative.

Mr Bolsonaro said that he had started experiencing symptoms on Sunday.

Bolsonaro said he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug with unproven effectiveness against Covid-19. He's taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria medicine that he has touted as being effective against the virus though its use hasn't been authorized by most health experts globally and could carry unsafe side effects. Trump himself even declared that he had taken the drug to ward off the virus, despite the Food and Drug Administration's warnings against its use for that goal.

Bolsonaro has openly defied the consensus among Brazilian public health experts for slowing the outbreak.

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