Brazilian President Catches Coronavirus; Wife and Daughters Test Negative

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - MARCH 18: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta ,using protective masks, during a press conference about government plans and measures about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in Brazil, at the Planalto Palace on March 18, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Andre Coelho/Getty Images)

After months of refusing to lock down the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the disease. In the past Bolsonaro has refused to wear a mask, social distance or isolate in any form. This week sees him in isolation, wearing a mask, and social distancing. He is also taking Hydroxychloroquine, a controversial treatment for the coronavirus that has been pulled from trials in the United States. His wife and daughters have tested negative. Brazil has a reported 71,500 deaths from the coronavirus, trailing only the USA. It is also on it’s third health minister since the initial outbreak.

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