Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the coronavirus, local media reported.
On Monday night, he said he went to the hospital for a lung scan and would take a new test for the virus, after he developed symptoms, including a fever. It was later revealed that the separate medical exam had shown his lungs were “clean”.
Bolsonaro has reportedly canceled all his official activities until he gets the results of his test. “The president, at this time, is in good health and remains at his residence”, his office said on Monday.
In recent months, several of Bolsonaro’s aides have become infected with Covid-19. However, the president has often been seen defying restrictions such as mask wearing and social distancing.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, saying it was just a “little flu” and condemning governors for imposing lockdowns that are causing job losses.
Brazil has reported by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America and is second only to the United States.