Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro informed that he has tested negative for Coronavirus, two weeks after he had contracted the deadly virus.
“RT-PCR for Sars-Cov 2: negative. Good morning everyone,” the Brazilian President Bolsonaro tweeted, along with a photo of himself smiling and holding a packet of hydroxychloroquine.
– RT-PCR para Sars-Cov 2: negativo.
– BOM DIA A TODOS. pic.twitter.com/CkdV59yGXP
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) July 25, 2020
However, he did not say when he took the latest test.
According to media reports, he took a motorcycle ride through Brasilia and visited some shops, with small crowds gathering around him.
“I didn’t feel anything, not even in the beginning. If I hadn’t taken the test, I wouldn’t have known I had the virus,” he told.
The president had spent nearly 20 days self-isolating at his official residence in the capital Brasilia, the Alvorada Palace. During that time he underwent at least three more virus tests, all positive.
Brazil is considered as the most affected country with infections and deaths from COVID-19 anywhere in the world except the United States (US).
The Latin American powerhouse has registered nearly 2.3 million cases of the new coronavirus and more than 84,000 deaths, and the numbers have continued to rise rapidly.
But Bolsonaro is a fierce critic of stay-at-home measures, arguing the economic pain they result in is worse than the virus itself. The president has appeared to continue flouting virus precautions even after his diagnosis.