After ridiculing the severity of the pandemic for months and appearing in public without a mask repeatedly, andThe President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19.
Bolsonaro confirmed the results, after undergoing various tests, this time at a press conference in Brasilia, and wearing a face mask.
“I’m fine, normal. I even want to go for a walk, but I can’t because of medical recommendations, “Bolsonaro said.
Brazil is currently a global focus of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to real-time case tracking from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, the country has more than 1.6 million cases as of July 7, with more than 65,000 deaths. The first case of COVID-19 in Brazil was registered on February 26.
- Latin America, epicenter of the pandemic
Globally, Brazil leads the sad list of countries with the most COVID-19 diagnoses, after the United States.
From the beginning of the pandemic, Bolsonaro stated that the new coronavirus was nothing more than “a simple cold”, and that it was impossible to protect the entire population.
Following his logic, he never completely quarantined the country, and the public health consequence was a record number of cases that at times has exceeded 10,000 daily diagnoses.
The weekend of July 4 was already speculating about the health of President Bolsonaro. On Monday the 6th, he told reporters that he had had an x-ray, and that was when they recommended that he be tested for COVID.
Bolsonaro tested negative three times in March after meeting with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, in Florida. Several members of his delegation who participated in that trip and the meetings of the leaders then tested positive for COVID-19.
The President of Brazil is 65 achildren, which places you at the age when you begin to have a higher risk of developing complications from COVID.
While deaths from COVID-19 in Europe and the United States are tending to decrease, this is not the reality in Latin America.
Dr. Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, warned that the coronavirus is spreading “exponentially” in many areas of the region.
The number of deaths in Brazil, Mexico and Peru has doubled approximately every three weeks.
A study by the University of Washington warned that the death toll in Brazil could rise to 125,000 by the beginning of August.
A report by the United Nations World Food Program warned of a serious socioeconomic consequence of COVID-19: 16 million people in the region are on the verge of hunger due to the crisis caused by the pandemic.
The report indicates that the number of hungry people will rise from 3.4 million to almost 14 million in the course of 2020.
And this wave of hunger is especially affecting mega-urban areas, where 17% of the population already have only one meal a day.
69% of households in Latin America and the Caribbean have been economically affected by the pandemic.