Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil that he tested positive for the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
“President Jair Bolsonaro told CNN that his new COVID-19 test came back positive,” the article said.
The Brazilian politician was first diagnosed with the disease on July 7, after which he is in isolation in his official residence at the Alvorada Palace. Bolsonaro told the media that he feels good and does not experience shortness of breath or lack of taste; the blood oxygenation level is 98%.
Earlier, Bolsonaru said that he was tired of being ill at home and expected to return to work this week if he gets rid of the virus.
The 65-year-old President has been a vocal critic of regulations that restrict trade and services in the States to combat the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus infection, and advocates for the need for “vertical isolation” where only at-risk citizens over 60 should stay at home. In March, Bolsonaro said that no coronavirus could have broken him, and against the background of a who-declared pandemic, he called the disease “small flu.”
The number of cases of COVID-19 in Brazil exceeded 1.8 million, and more than 72 thousand people died.