Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Saturday that he had taken a negative test for the new coronavirus more than two weeks after the diagnosis on July 7th, attributing his recovery to an undetected malaria drug.
"RT-PCR for Sars-Cov 2: negative. Good morning everyone," the 65-year-old tweeted along with a photo of himself who smiled and was holding a pack of hydroxychloroquine, the effectiveness of which against COVID-19 was not proven clinical trials.
He didn't say when he did the last test.
The president, who routinely downplayed the virus he calls "little flu" that is currently ravaging his country, spent nearly 20 days isolating himself in his official residence in the capital, Brasilia, the Alvorada Palace .
During this time, he underwent at least three more virus tests, all positive.
Three polls released this week showed that the chairman labeled "Tropical Trump" would win reelection in 2020 despite his controversial treatment of the virus crisis.
The pandemic exploded in Brazil, the country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths worldwide, with the exception of the United States.
The Latin American power plant has registered nearly 2.3 million new corona virus cases and more than 84,000 deaths, and the number has continued to grow rapidly.
But Bolsonaro is a fierce critic of measures that stay at home, arguing that the economic pain they cause is worse than the virus itself.
The president appears to continue to violate virus precautions after his diagnosis.
On Thursday, he was seen going for a spin on his motorcycle and talking to a team of guardians outside the presidential palace without a mask.
The same day, he admitted in a live Facebook video that he "felt a little miserable to be locked up here."
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