Bolsonaro Says New Test Shows He Did Not Contract Coronavirus

This is the president's second test; 15 people who were with him in the U.S. were infected

Jair Bolsonaro shared through social media on Tuesday night that he had tested negative for the coronavirus.

"I inform you that my 2nd test for COVID-19 was NEGATIVE. Good night everyone," wrote Bolsonaro.

This is the president's second exam in a week. On Friday (13), he announced that the test carried out the day before had pointed out that he was not infected.

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro poses for pictures with supporters as he leaves Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - REUTERS

As part of the protocol, Bolsonaro will undergo testing again next week. The Ministry of Health recommends that people be tested three times over 14 days for people who have had contact with the infected.

Fifteen people who were with Bolsonaro in a delegation in the United States received the diagnosis of Covid-19. One of them is the head of Secom (Special Secretariat for Social Communication), Fabio Wajngarten.

On Sunday, contrary to medical recommendations and those of his own Ministry of Health, the president participated in a massive protest, shook hands with supporters, and took photos with protesters.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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