Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for the corona virus, but said he felt "perfectly good" and had only mild symptoms.
The right-wing extremist leader has sparked great controversy in Brazil over repeatedly violating containment measures and minimizing the risk of the virus killing 65,000 people in the South American giant and infecting 1.6 million.
The test "came out positive and" said President Bolsonaro in a television interview from his residence in the capital city of Brasilia, adding that he was taking hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin to treat the disease.
Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that is usually used to treat malaria and lupus, while azithromycin is an antibiotic that can be used to treat pneumonia.
65-year-old Bolsonaro said he felt uncomfortable on Sunday and got worse on Monday. He had "fatigue, illness and fever of 38 degrees" (100.4 Fahrenheit).
But he insisted that he felt "good, calm" and took off his face mask to emphasize the point.
"Life goes on. We will take special care of old people and people with diseases that are a risk factor," he added before repeating his mantra that the "collateral effects" of the virus should not be worse than the disease itself .
On Monday, he announced that he had taken a test and told CNN Brazil that as a precaution, he had an x-ray taken of his lungs in a military hospital.
Local media said he had clarified his schedule for the week.
Since the onset of the virus outbreak, President Bolsonaro has minimized the risk of an illness originally referred to as "small flu" and has disregarded social distance rules and measures to contain it, such as wearing a mask in public.
Brazil is the second most affected country in the world by the pandemic after the United States.
President Bolsonaro had previously been tested three times – all were negative.
On Monday, for the second time, he watered down a law requiring citizens to wear face masks in public.
On Saturday, President Bolsonaro posted photos on social media not wearing a face mask at lunch with the U.S. Ambassador and several ministers celebrating July 4th.
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