Eldest son of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

WION Web Team
Brazil Published: Aug 26, 2020, 07:06 AM(IST)

Rio de Janeiro State Senator Flavio Bolsonaro listens as his father, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, makes media statement announcing economic measures Photograph:( Reuters )

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Senator Flavio Bolsonaro is the fourth member of President Jair Bolsonaro's direct family infected by coronavirus.

The eldest son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he's tested positive for coronavirus and is in isolation with no symptoms.

Senator Flavio Bolsonaro is the fourth member of President Jair Bolsonaro's direct family infected by coronavirus. The president, first lady Michelle Bolsonaro and Jair Renan Bolsonaro, another son, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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The Brazilian president has downplayed the severity of the virus, arguing against restrictions on economic activity he claims will prove far more damaging than the disease.

His approach to the pandemic runs counter to most recommendations by health experts.

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Flavio Bolsonaro says he's being treated with azithromycin and chloroquine, an anti-malarial drug touted both by Brazil's president and by US President Donald Trump, despite clinical trials that found it ineffective or even dangerous.

Several members of Bolsonaro's staff have tested positive, among them eight Cabinet members.

Brazil has 3.6 million confirmed cases and more than 115,000 deaths, second in the world only to the United States.

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