Bolsonaro ignores safety measures, shaking hands with crowd



Bolsonaro ignores safety measures, shaking hands with crowd

Rio de Janeiro  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday again ignored some of the safety measures recommended for preventing the spread of Covid-19, shaking hands with supporters during a visit to the southern city of Bage, local media reported.

Bolsonaro was visiting the city six days after he had announced his recovery from Covid-19 in the country with the world’s second-largest numbers of infections and deaths from the virus.

The president wore a face mask, but allowed supporters to throng around him on arrival, according to news portal G1.

He displayed a box of the drug hydroxychloroquine, which he has said he took for his Covid-19 infection, though there is little scientific proof of its effectiveness.

Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the severity of the pandemic, maintained during his two-week infection that he was in good health.

But on Thursday, he said he had taken a blood test and “felt a little weak” the previous day.

He also said he was on antibiotics for “a bit of infection” and could have “mould” in a lung.

Bolsonaro’s wife Michelle on Thursday also tested positive for Covid-19. The president initially called the pandemic “a little flu” and has advocated keeping the economy open.

After he received a positive test result for the disease on July 7, Bolsonaro worked from his residence, but was also seen moving around the area and talking to people without a face mask.

During a visit to the north-east on Thursday, he faced a crowd without a mask.

Brazil has confirmed more than 2.6 million novel coronavirus infections and over 91,000 deaths, coming second only to the United States.

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