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International News
Brazilian Prez Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19
 
Rio de Janeiro: Brazil''s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the coronavirus''s severity while deaths mounted rapidly inside the country. The 65-year-old populist who has been known to mingle in crowds without covering his face confirmed the results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters huddled close in front of him in the capital, Brasilia. He said he is taking hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug that has not been proven effective against COVID-19. “I''m, well, normal. I even want to take a walk around here, but I can''t due to medical recommendations,” Bolsonaro said. “I thought I had it before, given my very dynamic activity.

I''m president and on the combat lines. I like to be in the middle of the people.” Brazil, the world''s sixth-biggest nation, with more than 210 million people, is one of the outbreak''s most lethal hot spots. More than 65,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19, and over 1.5 million have been infected. Both numbers are the world''s second-highest totals, behind those of the US, though the true figures are believed to be higher because of a lack of widespread testing. Bolsonaro has often appeared in public to shake hands with supporters and mingle with crowds, at times without a mask. He has said that his history as an athlete would protect him from the virus and that it would be nothing more than a “little flu” if he were to contract it.

He has also repeatedly said that there is no way to prevent 70% of the population falling ill with COVID-19 and that local authorities'' efforts to shut down economic activity would ultimately cause more hardship than allowing the virus to run its course. Bolsonaro repeated those sentiments Tuesday, likening the virus to a rain that will fall on most people and saying that some, like older people, must take greater care. "You can''t just talk about the consequences of the virus that you have to worry about. Life goes on. Brazil needs to produce. You need to get the economy in gear,? he said. Cities and states last month began lifting restrictions that had been imposed to control the spread of the virus, as deaths began to decline along with the occupancy rate in intensive care units.

The World Health Organisation''s emergencies chief, Dr Michael Ryan, wished Bolsonaro a speedy recovery and said his infection “brings home the reality of this virus" by showing that it doesn''t distinguish between “prince or pauper.” The president told reporters he underwent an X-ray of his lungs on Monday after experiencing fever, muscle aches and malaise. As of Tuesday, his fever had subsided, he said, and attributed the improvement to hydroxychloroquine, which he, like President Donald Trump, has long promoted. He stepped back from the journalists and removed his mask at one point to show that he looks well. Bolsonaro has repeatedly visited the hospital since taking office, requiring several operations to repair his intestines after he was stabbed on the campaign trail in 2018.

He said he cancelled a trip this week to the country''s northeast region and will continue working via videoconference and receive rare visitors when he needs to sign a document. Over the weekend, the Brazilian leader celebrated American Independence Day with the US ambassador to Brazil, then shared pictures on social media showing him in close quarters with the diplomat, several ministers and aides. None wore masks. The US Embassy said on Twitter that Ambassador Todd Chapman is not showing any COVID-19 symptoms but would be tested. Bolsonaro tested negative three times in March after meeting with the Trump in Florida. Members of his delegation to the US were later reported to be infected.


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Bhutan imposes 1st nationwide virus lockdown
Black women, Democrats celebrate Indian-origin Senator Harris' nomination as VP
Joe Biden names Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris as running mate
Biden 'nailed this decision' in picking Harris to be his running mate: Obama
Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days
Putin says Russia develops world''s first vaccine against coronavirus
Belarus' leader wins sixth term with over 80% of votes
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Lebanese Red Cross: Toll from Beirut blast rises to 100 dead
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Bangladesh PM Hasina assures ''proper'' probe, trial in retired army major killing
India slams Pakistan; Dismisses its ''so-called new political map'' as exercise in ''political absurdity''
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
KERALA NEWS
Toll in Idukki landslide rises to 52 as three more bodies recovered
 Idukki (Ker): The toll in the landslip in Pettimudi in the high range Idukki district rose to 52 wit
1,417 Covid cases in Kerala; 36 health workers also infected
SIT formed by Kerala police to probe air crash
Kerala logs 1,211 fresh coronavirus cases; aggregate reaches 34,331
NATIONAL NEWS
Pilot meets Gehlot, handshake signals his return
 Jaipur: Sachin Pilot met Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Thursday, the first time after he ope
Over 3 Cr N95 masks, 1.28 Cr PPEs, 10 Cr HCQ tablets given to states, UTs by Centre for free
Bengal govt encourages organ donation: Mamata
Terrorist gunned down, soldier killed in encounter in J-K's Pulwama
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