Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro at the Planalto Palace in Brasília, Brazil, on June 30, 2020. | Photo by Andre Borges/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19, he announced today. He is 65 years old. Over the weekend, he attended a US Independence Day event with US Ambassador Todd Chapman, who did not wear a mask.
Like US President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has downplayed the risks and extent of the COIVD-19 pandemic and said that the danger was over-exaggerated by the media. Brazil has the second-worst outbreak in the world, behind the United States.
Bolsonaro said he’s taking hydroxychloroquine, even though clinical trials show that the drug does not work for patients with COVID-19. Like Trump, he’s promoted the drug as a cure despite the lack of evidence.
Other world leaders, including Honduras’ President Juan Orlando…