Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid 19, says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine

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Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia, and said he is already taking hydroxychloroquine – an anti-malarial drug unproven to effectively treat COVID-19. The 65-year-old populist has often appeared in public to shake hands with supporters and mingle with crowds, at times without a mask. He has said his history as an athlete would protect him from the virus, and it would be nothing more than a “little flu” were he to contract it.

For nearly two months, Brazil’s fight against coronavirus has been in the hands of an interim health minister with no health experience before April. He took over after his predecessor, a doctor and health care consultant, quit in protest over Bolsonaro’s support for hydroxychloroquine.

Brazil, the world’s sixth-most populous nation with more than 210 million people, is one of the global hot spots of the pandemic. More than 65,000 Brazilians have so far died from COVID-19 and more than 1,500,000 have been infected. Both numbers are the world’s second-highest totals, and are considered to be undercounts due to the lack of widespread testing.

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