Bolsonaro's New Test Is Positive for Coronavirus, and President Must Maintain Isolation

Chief Executive went live in front of Alvorada to reveal test result and defend chloroquine


President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday (15) that his last medical examination still detected the coronavirus.

Bolsonaro, who revealed on July 7 that he was infected, will only return to work after clinical tests show that he no longer has the virus.

President Jair Bolsonaro. (Foto: Pedro Ladeira/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

"I'm fine, thanks to God, I took the exam yesterday morning, and at night it worked out that I'm still positive for Covid. I hope that in the next few days I will do a new exam and, if God wants, everything will work out for us to get back to the activity soon," said Bolsonaro, in a live broadcast on his social networks.

Bolsonaro recorded a message in the garden in front of the Alvorada Palace. He used the transmission to advocate again for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus, although there are no studies yet to prove the drug's effectiveness.

The president is an enthusiast of the substance, but experts also warn that there are side effects associated with its use.

Since being diagnosed with Covid-19, Bolsonaro has remained in isolation at the Palácio da Alvorada, the official residence of the Presidency.

According to auxiliaries, he keeps himself away from family members who live in Alvorada - the first lady Michelle Bolsonaro, his daughter and stepdaughter. All three have already had a coronavirus exam, and the results have all been negative.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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