(CMR) President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday (July 7).
Bolsonaro is the second major world leader, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to confirm he contracted the virus.
Bolsonaro who said he had a high fever, a cough and had felt unwell made the announcement during a television interview.
“It came back positive,” Bolsonaro told reporters from behind a mask.
He added that on Monday he had felt worse which prompted him to take the coronavirus test.
Prior to the latest development, Bolsonaro had consistently downplayed the dangers of the virus calling it “a little flu” and slammed local media for creating panic and hysteria.
Brazil has approximately 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and is site of the world's second-largest outbreak behind the U.S.
More than 65,000 people have died in Brazill from complications linked to COVID-19.