Brazilian President Bolsonaro has ordered a federal judge to wear a face mask in public

Brazil coronavirus: Judge orders Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public

Federal Judge Renato Borelli ruled Monday, saying Bolsonaro must wear a mask when circling publicly in Brasilia. The judge’s order states that he could not do so potentially a fine of about $ 386 per day.

The decision applies to all government employees in the federal district, in which the capital of Brasilia is located.

For comment on Tuesday, Bolsonar’s office referred CNN to the attorney general, who responded that his office was “studying all appropriate measures to lift the ban.”

The Federal Government passed a decree on April 30 making the use of face masks in public places mandatory in an effort to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

But Bolsonaro has since appeared in public at several events without wearing a mask, including at gatherings with supporters.

“With the example of the president of Brazil, everything is getting harder for us,” said the governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria CNN’s Isa Soares last month. “He takes to the streets without masks. Wrong behavior and wrong indication. This is very sad for Brazil and makes it difficult for governors in the states of Brazil.”

So far, Brazilian health authorities have confirmed more than 1.1 million cases and more than 51,000 deaths, and the crisis shows no signs of dying.

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