Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro had coronavirus lung screening "but it's okay"

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro had coronavirus lung screening “but it’s okay”

“I’m back from the hospital now, I did a lung screening, the lungs are clean, OK? I went to see Covid a while ago, but it’s okay,” he said.

“You can’t get very close [to me], OK? A recommendation for everyone, “said Bolsonaro.

Asked about media reports that Bolsonaro has a fever, Cynthia Makedo, a spokesman for the president, told CNN: “We do not have this information. We are not confirming this information at this time.”

CNN reported in May that Bolsonaro had tested negative for coronavirus in three separate exams, which were released to the public. The three tests were applied between March 12 and 17, after Bolsonaro returned from a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump in Florida and many of his entourage tested positive.

It’s Brazil second only to the United States in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths. More than 65,000 people have died from coronavirus in Brazil, according to data released by the country’s health ministry on Monday, and 1,623,284 cases have been confirmed so far.
Bolsonaro had previously appeared in public and at unmasked rallies, even hugging supporters. He encouraged their reopening, even as the number of cases in the country increases and exists criticizes the efforts of local authorities to eliminate the virus through social distancing measures, such as quarantine and shelter orders.

“Our lives must go on. Things must be sustained,” Bolsonaro said in the still-early days of the pandemic, during a March 24 speech on national television and radio. He maintains this position, arguing that the economic crisis from the blockade may be worse than the virus itself. He also continues to greet supporters without protection from time to time – even after a court orders him to wear a mask or receive a fine. The order has since been canceled.

Last week, Bolsonaro vetoed parts of a law requiring the wearing of face masks in public during a pandemic. The use of masks in shopping malls, shops, religious temples, schools and other enclosed places where people gather will no longer be mandatory, although individual states and municipalities may apply these measures.

Journalists Rodrigo Pedroso and Marcia Reverdosa in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.

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