Bolsonaro Tests POSITIVE for COVID-19

( Controversial president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus. A statement from the Brazilian Communications Ministry released on Tuesday says the test was done on Monday night after the president reported that he felt unwell.

The statement says that Bolsonaro is currently in “good health” and has not been hospitalized as a result of his condition. That doesn’t mean, however, that he won’t be.

President Bolsonaro even gave an interview on television on Tuesday, telling reporters that he had tested positive for the virus. He said that he had undergone an MRI scan which showed his lungs were clear of fluid – a good sign that his body is not yet reacting in an extreme way to the virus.

COVID-19 can be deadly, particularly to older people or those suffering from pre-existing conditions. The virus triggers an extreme immune response in the body, which is what ultimately kills patients. So far, Bolsonaro doesn’t seem to be experiencing any such reaction.

British newspaper The Guardian reported that the 65-year-old president has “repeatedly trivialized the pandemic and flouted social distancing, even as Brazil became the second-worst hit country after the United States, with more than 65,000 deaths and 1.6 million cases.” The tone of the article was, of course, sneering. The same newspaper suggested that Bolsonaro may have contracted the disease days earlier when he had a lunch event at the home of United States’ Ambassador Todd Chapman.

The event at Chapman’s home was a celebration of the United States Independence Day, meaning other significant officials were present too. Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, President Bolsonaro’s son, Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo, and several other officials were present at the event. A close associate of Steve Bannon was also present at the event.

Discussion about Bolsonaro’s health started on Sunday night, with people speculating that he was unwell as he appeared exhausted and started showing some of the telltale signs of the disease. He said on Monday that after a lung screen, “everything is okay.” He was seen wearing a mask and telling his fans not to get very close.