Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said Saturday that he tested negative for COVID-19 after at least three other results since July 7 indicated he had been infected by the virus.
The right-wing leader who previously downplayed the disease posted on social media on Saturday that he had tested “negative” along with a greeting of “BOM DIA A TODOS” or “GOOD MORNING EVERYONE” in Portuguese. The posts were accompanied by a photo of Bolsonaro holding a packet of hydroxychloroquine that he credited for his quick recovery.
The Food and Drug Administration cautioned against the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug, though it was previously touted by President Donald Trump as a potential silver bullet for the coronavirus.
While Trump doesn’t mention the drug as frequently, Bolsonaro, a self-described populist, has maintained his support for the drug.
“We know today there are other remedies that can help fight the coronavirus. We know none of them have their efficacy scientifically proven, but I’m one more person for whom this is working. So, I trust hydroxychloroquine,” he said previously.
The 65-year-old president has gone further, dismissing the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands as nothing more than a “little flu.”