The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is the latest leader to test positive for corona virus after he announced his results on television. The 65-year-old who has always downplayed the dangers of the corona virus, during a televised remark on Tuesday afternoon, 7th July 2020 said, “it came back positive”, speaking to reporters while wearing a face mask. The president also told the reporters how he had done the tests on Monday and done a lung screening and his lungs were okay.
After the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernandez, he becomes the third world leader to come out publicly having contracted the virus. Brazil is one of the hard-hit countries with over 1.6 million cases confirmed while U.S another red zone has 65,000 people more than them with a very high death toll registered in both countries. Despite Brazil being one of the most affected countries by the virus, Jair is one of the few leaders who encouraged the country to reopen at a very critical time relying on the local government’s efforts to mitigate the virus through enforcing social distancing measures like quarantine and isolation.
The president’s results come 4 days later after attending the July 4th commemoration event which had the US Ambassador to Brazil in attendance and images circulating from that event show that during the happenings, non was wearing a face mask or observing social distancing.
Many countries had started reopening and scientists have had a fear that the virus could rise again if meeting places are left open. Due to such warnings, Australia is reimposing a six-week corona virus lock down in one of their cities, Melbourne to prevent the second wave of the virus from spreading across the country. Residents in the city of Melbourne will be prohibited from leaving their homes and they will only be able to do this when they are going grocery shopping and a few other top tier activities. This was announced on Tuesday 7th July.