Update: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro recently told the press that he has tested positive for COVID-19. During the press conference, President Bolosnaro removed his face mask and he’s being sued for exposing the journalists.
President Jair Bolsonaro is being sued for exposing journalists to COVID-19.
The Brazilian Press Association is filing a lawsuit against President Bolsonaro for removing his mask while telling the press that he has tested positive for COVID-19. The group, known as ABI, argues that the president blatantly ignored health standards and put the press at risk when he took off his mask. By his actions argues the lawsuit, President Bolsonaro knowingly risked the health of the journalists who were present despite the known dangers.
The lawsuit argues that it is a continuous behavior that must end.
“The country cannot watch continued behavior that is beyond irresponsible and constitutes clear crimes against public health, without reacting,” ABI President Paulo Jeronimo de Souza told the press, according to CNN.
Original: After months of downplaying the severity of COVID-19, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for the virus. Bolsonaro drew ire from the international community as he campaigned against stay-at-home orders and joined anti-lockdown protesters.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19.
Brazil has become the epicenter for the COVID-19 outbreak in South America. The country, the largest democracy in Latin America, has the second-highest infections and deaths in the world. More than 1.6 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Brazil. More than 65,000 people in Brazil have died from the virus.
Bolsonaro’s positive test comes after a 4th of July celebration he attended with the U.S. ambassador.
Health experts have warned against in-person gatherings for prolonged amounts of time. That includes family and social gatherings at houses or any other indoor venue. In LA County, spikes in hospitalization rates, a number that experts monitor closely, have been traced back to these kinds of high-risk exposure settings.
And, yes. There is a photo to prove the lack of masks and social distancing.
Bolsonaro spent months downplaying the true severity of the pandemic. The far-right leader spent some of his time actively riling up his base to protest against lockdown orders in the country. The president’s actions sparked anger throughout the international community and Brazil’s scientific community. Critics blame Bolsonaro’s lack of action to combat the virus to the country’s growing infection and death numbers.
Bolsonaro announced his positive result quickly to the press.
“On Sunday, I wasn’t feeling very well. On Monday, it got worse when I started feeling tired and some muscle pain,” Bolsonaro told reporters. “I also had a 38-degree [Celsius] fever. Given those symptoms, the presidential doctor said there was suspicion of Covid-19.”
The virus is not gone and the rapid spread is still setting off alarms for health officials around the world, especially in the Americas.
Stay safe and healthy. Follow health recommended guidelines. Safeguard your health first. The best advocate for you will forever be you. This virus is still spreading and numbers in the U.S. continue to climb.