Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Bolsonaro said he was tested after developing symptoms including a high fever.
According to Fox News:
The embattled right-leaning leader revealed Monday night he had undergone testing for COVID-19 after developing symptoms, including a high fever.
“I’m well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can’t due to medical recommendations,” Bolsonaro, donning a mask after repeatedly forgoing one in the past, said at a news conference.
Bolsonaro attended a Fourth of July party at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, hosted by U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman last week.
Chapman, who was photographed with Bolsonaro– both maskless– says he does not have any symptoms but will get tested, according to reports by the Washington Post.
Na Embaixada dos EUA, celebrando o 4 de julho, dia da independência americana. pic.twitter.com/CqtgUNxiSL
— Ernesto Araújo (@ernestofaraujo) July 4, 2020
Brazil is the second hardest-hit country in the world behind the United States. Bolsonaro has been known to downplay the virus and has fought back against wearing a mask.