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Brazil's Bolsonaro says he's tested negative for coronavirus

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro indicated Saturday that he has tested negative for coronavirus after contracting the disease earlier this month.

On social media the leader posted a photo saying he tested negative followed by “BOM DIA A TODOS” or “GOOD MORNING EVERYONE” in Portuguese.

– RT-PCR para Sars-Cov 2: negativo.

– BOM DIA A TODOS. pic.twitter.com/CkdV59yGXP

Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) July 25, 2020

Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist with close ties to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSeattle police declare riot amid ongoing protests Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he’s tested negative for coronavirus Reagan Foundation asks Trump campaign, RNC to stop using former president’s name to raise money MORE, announced that he has tested positive for the virus on July 7.

The 65-year-old announced the same week that he was taking Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, that has been touted by Trump as a treatment for COVID-19, though the medical community has largely warned against it for this purpose. 

The FDA ruled in June that it would withdraw emergency use authorization for Hydroxychloroquine, because at the time that recent data showed no difference in patients with COVID-19 who took the drug and those who did not. 

Like President Trump, Bolsonaro has not shied away from public events since the start of the pandemic and has downplayed the impact of the disease. The U.S. and Brazil have the first and second highest number of infections in the world, respectively. 

As of Friday, Brazil has reported more than 2.3 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 85,000 deaths because of the virus. The total makes Brazil the country with the second-largest COVID-19 case count behind the U.S.

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he expects top court to end probe into his conduct over police – Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro speaks with journalists as he arrives at Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil, May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro expects the Supreme Court to find no wrongdoing and end an investigation into potential political interference in the federal police, according to a statement from the presidential palace on Monday.

An allegation by former Justice Minister Sergio Moro, a popular anti-graft crusader, that Bolsonaro aimed to interfere in police investigations has become a political scandal adding to the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week, the federal Supreme Court released a video recording of an April 22 ministerial meeting in which Bolsonaro said he wanted to change security officials, their bosses or even ministers to stop his family and friends from getting “screwed.”

Bolsonaro said in the statement on Monday that he expects the “matter to be treated with responsibility and serenity.”

Writing on Facebook after the release of the video, Bolsonaro said there was “no indication of interference in the federal police.” In a radio interview with Jovem Pan, he said he had been talking about his own personal security and not senior members of the federal police.

Reporting by Tatiana Bautzer; editing by Grant McCool

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