Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told supporters gathered outside the presidential palace in Brasília Monday that he took a Covid-19 exam and that his lungs were screened.
“I‘ve came back from the hospital now, I’ve done a lung screening, my lung is clean, OK? I went to do a Covid exam a while ago, but everything is okay,” he said.
Bolsonaro, who was wearing a mask, warned people to not get near him.
“You can’t get very close [to me], OK? Recommendation for everyone,” Bolsonaro said.
Asked about media reports that Bolsonaro has a fever, Cintia Macedo, a presidential spokesperson, told CNN: “We do not have this information. We do not confirm this information at this moment.”
Many opponents of Bolsonaro were openly hoping for those results to be positive, with the President’s son, Carlos Bolsonaro taking to Twitter to condemn “the immense number of people” calling for his father’s death.
He complained that there was a “selectivity of indignations” over the calls, including from the international community, adding that opponents of his father “will not succeed!”CNN reported in May that Bolsonaro tested negative for coronavirus in three separate exams that were released to the public.
The three tests were administered between March 12 and March 17 after Bolsonaro returned from a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump in Florida and many in his entourage tested positive.
Brazil is second only to the United States in number of coronavirus infections and deaths. More than 65,000 people have died from coronavirus in Brazil, according to figures released by the country’s health ministry on Monday, and 1,623,284 cases have been confirmed so far.
Bolsonaro has previously appeared in public and at rallies without a mask, even hugging supporters. He has encouraged reopening even as the country’s number of cases rises, and has criticized local governments’ efforts to stamp out the virus through social distancing measures, such as quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.