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The Brazilian judiciary urges Bolsonaro to publish its coronavirus tests

May 1, 2020

A federal judge in Sao Paulo has instructed President Jair Bolsonaro to publish the results of the two coronavirus tests he has undergone and which the president is said to have tested negative after allowing a newspaper request.

Judge Ana Lúcia Petri has rejected the government’s arguments and ordered the evidence to be provided within 48 hours, with a fine of 5,000 reais (approximately € 830) for each day of the delay. The newspaper “O Estado de Sao Paulo” claims that these documents have a “public interest”.

Bolsonaro has insisted this week that the results were negative, although according to the G1 on Thursday he did not rule out that he had passed the disease in a radio interview. “Maybe and I didn’t even feel it,” said the president, who has ignored the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) on social distance in recent weeks.

The Brazilian judiciary urges Bolsonaro to publish its coronavirus testsThe Brazilian judiciary urges Bolsonaro to publish its coronavirus tests

According to the authorities in the various regions, Brazil is already the country most affected by the pandemic in Latin America with more than 87,000 cases and around 6,000 deaths. The state of Rio de Janeiro, one of the hardest hit, has extended containment measures until May 11th.

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