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Bolsonaro: “People Die. That’s Life”

The Brazilian president urges his countrymen to “face the virus”. There is nothing to fear.

After overcoming his Corona infection, Brazil’s head of state Jair Bolsonaro has asked his countrymen to “face the virus”. There was nothing to fear, the right-wing president told reporters on Friday. “I knew that one day I would be infected because I believe that unfortunately almost everyone here will eventually become infected,” continued Bolsonaro.

“I regret the deaths. But people die every day, because of many things. That’s life,” he said on Friday. At the beginning of July, Bolsonaro announced that he had been infected with the corona virus. A few days ago, however, he declared himself recovered. Bolsonaro’s wife had been tested positive for the corona virus on Thursday.

“Little flu”

Bolsonaro is known for downplaying the health crisis. The 65-year-old initially described the illness as “little flu”. He had also repeatedly violated a mask requirement in the capital city of Brasília and violated the distance requirement.

It was only on Thursday that he greeted his followers in the northeastern state of Piaui at his first public event since his illness and took off his face mask with loud cheers.

With more than 2.6 million infections and over 96,000 deaths, Brazil is the second most affected country by the corona pandemic. Only the United States has more victims.

First lady positive

Bolsonaro’s wife was tested positive on Thursday. “First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 this Thursday,” confirmed the Ministry of Communications in the capital city of Brasília.

She is in good health and follows the guidelines for dealing with a corona infection.

On Wednesday, she had taken part in an event with the head of state in Brasília, where both wore a protective mask.

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