Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro watches the inauguration of the Central Spatial Operations Center (COPE-P) in the middle of the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) on June 23, 2020 in Comil de Operações Aeroespaciais in Brasilia.
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro went through another test for the coronavirus shortly after the Presidential Palace said the right-wing leader had symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
Bolsonaro told followers who had gathered in front of the Presidential Palace in Brasilia on Monday that he had tested the virus and "everything is fine".
While wearing a face mask, he also said that a separate medical exam showed that his lungs were "clean", according to a video that was broadcast on a YouTube channel.
Some local news sources – including a CNN subsidiary in Brazil – have reported Bolsonaro testing positive for the virus, but this has not been verified or officially confirmed by CNBC.
A government spokesman was not immediately available to comment on when contacted by CNBC on Tuesday morning.
On Monday, the Presidential Palace announced that Bolsonaro was currently in good health, but told NBC News that he was feeling unwell and had a fever of 38 degrees Celsius.
Local media have reported that Bolsonaro has canceled all of its official activities until it receives the results of its test for Covid-19. The results are expected at around 11 a.m.ET on Tuesday.
The Brazilian president, an ideological ally of President Donald Trump, has repeatedly downplayed the virus threat, dismissed the pandemic as "little flu," and sentenced state governors for imposing bans that would result in job losses.
Since the onset of the Covid 19 outbreak, Bolsonaro has ignored several recommendations from the World Health Organization, including: For example, avoiding public gatherings, wearing face masks and maintaining social distance.
At the end of last month, the Brazilian president is said to have suggested during a Facebook live event that he had already signed up to Covid-19.
The health workers of a medical emergency service transport the Brazilian Eladio Lopes (79), who is infected with the new coronavirus, on a stretcher that is to be brought on an ambulance boat from the Portel municipality to a hospital in Breves on the island of Marajo in the state of Para. Brazil, May 25, 2020.
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To date, more than 1.6 million people in Brazil have tested positive for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University, and have recorded 65,487 deaths nationwide.
Brazil has by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Latin America and is second only to the United States worldwide.
In March, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first world market leader to test positive for the corona virus. Initially, the Conservative Party leader continued to work in self-isolation, but his condition worsened and he was rushed to the hospital, where he spent three nights in intensive care. Johnson was released from the hospital on April 12.
More recently, Hondura's President Juan Orlando Hernandez was discharged from the hospital 16 days after being diagnosed with Covid-19.