TOPLINE

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for  Covid-19, after repeatedly downplaying the disease as “a little flu” and pushing to reopen Brazil’s economy as the pandemic has exploded in the South American nation.

KEY FACTS

Bolsonaro announced his positive test result on Brazilian television Tuesday, saying, “Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later.”

The Brazilian president had previously said on Monday that he had been tested for the disease, but that his lungs were “clean.”

Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed fears of the coronavirus and attacked social distancing measures, even as Brazil has become one of the hardest-hit countries by Covid-19.

Bolsonaro has previously had scares with coronavirus after top aides have tested positive for the virus, but claimed in March that if he got the disease, his “history as an athlete” meant he would suffer “at most a little flu.”

BIG NUMBER

1,623,284: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil as of July 7, according to Johns Hopkins University data, making the country only second to the U.S. in terms of cases.

Source: Forbes

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