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Brazil president recovers from coronavirus and meets supporters without mask to celebrate

Brazil president recovers from coronavirus and meets supporters without mask to celebrate

 

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro was spotted greeting supporters without a mask after confirming he tested negative for coronavirus within days of testing positive for a third time.

The 65-year-old leader, who has previously dismissed the virus, will resume his travel schedule after isolating for weeks inside Alvorada Palace – an experience he has described as “just horrible”.

He said on July 7 he had been diagnosed with the disease – which has killed more than 87,000 Brazilians – before confirming he was Covid-free on Saturday.

It comes just three days after he tested positive on Wednesday.

Mr Bolsonaro posted a photo of himself with a box of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, although this has not been proven to be an effective treatment for the virus.

The president – who has been a leading skeptic in relation to the disease – often mingled with crowds prior to his diagnosis.

He had spent many weekends since the beginning of the pandemic in close proximity to supporters, sometimes without wearing a mask.
On Thursday, he was photographed without a mask while talking to some sweepers in the garden of the presidential residence.

Shortly after announcing the negative result, the president Mr Bolsonaro greeted supporters outside a bike shop, after going for a spin around Brasilia.

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