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Brazil’s president tests positive for COVID19

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Bolsonara has repeatedly belittled the severity of the pandemic and defied medical experts.

More than 65,000 Brazilians have died from the virus, With more than 1.6 million confirmed cases, the second worst hit country after the US.

The 65 year old dismissed dangers of the virus and credited unproven treatments for his mild symptoms.

Finishing the interview with three TV channels, Bolsonaro stepped back and removed his mask to reveal a smile, adding: “You can see from my face that I’m well and I’m calm.”

Bolsonaro joins a short list of government leaders infected with the coronavirus, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, both of whom were treated in hospitals and needed extra oxygen.

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