Rio de Janeiro, Jul 31 (EFE) .- The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, once again challenged the pandemic of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on Friday and encouraged his followers to “face” a virus that already leaves close to 100,000 deaths in the country.
“I am in the risk group. I was never negligent, I knew that one day I was going to catch it, as unfortunately I think one day it will happen to all of you. Are you afraid of what? Face it!” Assured the far-right leader. during an event in Bagé, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Bolsonaro, 65, announced last weekend his recovery from the disease, from which his wife and six other ministers are now infected.
The president, one of the most skeptical leaders about the severity of the pandemic, said he “regretted” the deaths but said that “people die every day” and “that’s the way life is.”
The South American giant has already exceeded 91,000 deaths and 2.6 million cases and only two days ago had the highest records recorded since the pandemic came to the country five months ago.
The leader of the Brazilian far-right participated in his second public act this Friday since he was negative for COVID-19, a disease that he repeatedly described as “influenza”.
The president arrived in Bagé around noon, where he was awaited by several of his followers, whom he enthusiastically greeted and to whom he again showed a box of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that despite not having scientific evidence is constantly promoted by Bolsonaro as a cure for COVID-19.
So much propaganda has been made by the far-right leader that former President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva pointed out the day before that he believed Bolsonaro had invented himself to be infected to promote this antimalarial drug.
(c) EFE Agency