The president of the brazilian Jair Bolsonaro announced on Saturday to be negative for the new coronavirus, after having been declared positive on July 7th, the healing which he attributes to his treatment with hydroxychloroquine.
Mr. Bolsonaro made the announcement on his Twitter account after having been subjected to a new test. “RT-PCR for SARS-CoV 2: negative. Good day to all,” he wrote, accompanied by a picture of him smiling, holding up a thumb and pointing to a box of hydroxychloroquine, at breakfast.
The leader of the far right, aged 65 years, does not specify when it has been realized the test, which detects the presence of the virus by the analysis of nasal secretions.
Mr. Bolsonaro had repeatedly claimed to have seen his health improve thanks to hydroxychloroquine, a treatment considered to be ineffective in the face of the COVID-19, by a study made public a few days ago in Brazil.
Mr. Bolsonaro, who has often downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic, describing it as a “grippette”, has remained for almost 20 days in his official residence in Brasilia, the palace of Alvorada. During this period, he underwent three other tests which proved positive.
In a message he posted Thursday on Facebook, Mr. Bolsonaro said he felt “very good”, but that it was “a bit stressed to be locked up”.
It has been seen the same day walking around on a motorbike and talking without a mask with sweepers near his home, according to photos released in the media.
Brazil is the second country most affected in the world by the coronavirus, with some 2.3 million people infected since the beginning of the pandemic, and more than 85 000 people dead, according to official figures.