Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro touts his use of hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus

FILE - In this May 26, 2020 file photo, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask with a logo of the Federal Police, leaves his official residence of Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro won the presidency in 2018 with a campaign that emphasized law and order, and said police should be able to kill criminals with almost no legal constraints in order to curb homicides. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, FIle) (Eraldo Peres, Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease that is blamed for about 65,000 deaths in Brazil.

As President Donald Trump’s ally, Bolsonaro, 65, also touted his use of hydroxychloroquine, which the Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against. Trump’s vigorous promotion affected supply.

Bolsonaro has repeatedly said an economic shutdown because of social distancing restrictions would have far worse consequences than the coronavirus pandemic. His opposition to public health officials’ push for life-saving restrictions has polarized the country.

Bolsonaro visited Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties to meet Trump in March. After his departure, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and a member of Bolsonaro’s staff were diagnosed with COVID-19. Bolsonaro tested negative then.

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