“Now I’m back from the hospital, I did a lung examination, my lungs are clean, okay? Some time ago I went for a Covid examination, but everything is fine,” he said.
“You can’t get very close [to me], ALRIGHT? A recommendation to everyone, “Bolsonaro said.
Asked about media reports that Bolsonaro has a fever, Cintia Macedo, the president’s spokeswoman, told CNN: “We don’t have this information. We’re not confirming this information at the moment.”
CNN reported in May that Bolsonaro tested for coronavirus negativity in three separate exams released to the public. Three polls were conducted between March 12 and 17 after Bolsonaro returned from a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump in Florida, and many in his environment were positive.
“Our lives must go on. Business needs to be maintained,” Bolsonaro said in the early days of the pandemic, during a speech on March 24 on national television and radio. He held that view, arguing that the economic outage of closure could be worse than the virus itself. He also occasionally greeted supporters without protective gear – even after a court ordered him to wear a mask or face a fine. The order has since been canceled.
Last week, Bolsonaro vetoed parts of a law requiring them to wear masks in public during a pandemic. The use of masks in shopping malls, shops, religious temples, educational institutions and other closed places where people gather will no longer be mandatory, although some states and municipalities may implement these measures.
Journalists Rodrigo Pedroso and Marcia Reverdosa in São Paulo contributed to this report.
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