Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro described his lungs as “clean” after undergoing a second test for the new coronavirus and local media reported that he had symptoms associated with COVID-19 respiratory disease.
CNN Brasil and the Estado de S Paulo newspaper reported that Bolsonaro had symptoms such as a fever.
Bolsonaro told his supporters in front of the presidential palace on Monday that he had just visited the hospital and had been tested.
“I can’t be very close,” he said in comments recorded by Foco do Brasil, a pro-government YouTube channel. “I came from the hospital. I had a lung scan. The lung is clean. ”
The president’s office said in a statement that the president was at home and that he was “in good health”.
Bolsonaro repeatedly downplayed the impact of the virus, even as Brazil suffered one of the worst epidemics in the world, with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and more than 65,000 related deaths, according to official data Monday.
The populist on the right has often defied local directives to wear a mask in public, even after a judge ordered him to do so in late June.
Over the weekend, Bolsonaro attended several events and was in close contact with the U.S. ambassador to Brazil during the July 4 celebrations.
The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bolsonaro tested negative for coronavirus after several aids were diagnosed following a visit to the area of U.S. President Donald Trump, Mar-a-Lago, Florida, in March.
CNN Brasil reported that Bolsonaro started taking the drugs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, which it touts as a COVID-19 treatment despite little evidence of their effectiveness.
Bolsonaro’s official events on Tuesday were canceled, according to CNN Brasil.