Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
President Bolsonaro who was wearing a mask announced this to a hand-picked group of reporters outside his official residence.
The 65-year old ruler has repeatedly trivialized the pandemic and flouted social distancing, even as Brazil became the second-worst-hit country after the United States, with more than 65,000 deaths and 1.6 million confirmed cases.
The far-right populist was quoted in an address to the nation in March that, if infected, he would quickly shake off the illness thanks to his “athlete’s background”.
President Bolsonaro’s diagnosis comes just three days after he had lunch at the home of the U.S ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman, in the capital, Brasília.