Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro has not agreed to remain completely isolated despite its coronavirus infection, reports the news agency AFP. According to AFP, Bolsonaro is isolated due to the infection in the Alvorada Palace, which serves as the president’s official residence, but has not used a face mask there when talking to his employees.
Based on photos taken of the president, he also left on Thursday to ride his motorcycle into the garden area of the palace without a face mask. In the middle of the ride, he decided to stop to talk to the workers rake in the garden. According to the pictures, none of the president or the employees of his palace wore face masks.
The Office of the President refused to comment on the photos taken of Bolsonaro to AFP.
At issue is not the first time that a coronavirus-infected Bolsonaro has raised concerns about its actions.
Among other things, he has met his supporters several times despite the infection. However, in the past, when meeting his supporters, he has worn a face mask.
In early July, the association representing Brazilian journalists, according to US news channel CNN, said it was suing Bolsonaro for not wearing a face mask. At the time, Bolsonaro took off his face mask in the middle of a press conference just after he was diagnosed with a coronavirus infection.
Before his infection Bolsonaro often met his supporters on the streets and in protests without safety gaps and face masks despite the coronavirus situation in the country. Earlier, he refused to use face masks altogether until a federal judge ruled that the mask was mandatory in late June.
Bolsonaro contracted the coronavirus in early July. He has previously downplayed the coronavirus and, among other things, compared it to the common flu.
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Bolsonaro gave his latest positive coronavirus test this Wednesday.
Brazil coronavirus infections are highest in the world immediately after the United States. A total of almost 2.3 million infections have been diagnosed in the country and more than 84,000 people have already died from the disease.
Despite the disease situation in Brazil, Bolsonaro has been more concerned about the country’s economy throughout the spring than the deaths caused by the coronavirus.
“[Kotona pysymisen taloudelle] much more people are killed than the coronavirus, ”Bolsonaro has said in the past.