Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

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Jair Bolsonaro, 38th President of Brazil since 1 January 2019. (Photo: Isac Nóbrega / PR / CC BY 2.0)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus’ severity.

Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia on Tuesday.

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The president has often appeared in public to shake hands with supporters and mingle with crowds, at times without a mask.

He has said that his history as an athlete would shield him from the virus, and that it would be nothing more than a “little flu” were he to contract it.