Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Monday he felt "very good" and would work again if he did a negative test for the new corona virus on Tuesday. However, he would continue to isolate himself until he was free of the virus.
The right-wing president told CNN Brasil that he had neither felt breathless nor lost his sense of taste.
"I'm doing very well," said Bolsonaro. “A new exam is planned tomorrow – I don't know if it has been confirmed. And if everything is good, we'll get back to work. Otherwise we wait a few days. & # 39;
Bolsonaro tested positive for the novel coronavirus last Tuesday after having a fever.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro feeds Emus in front of the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia
He scrapped a planned trip to the northeastern state of Piaui, and all of his meetings for the week have been turned into video calls.
One was with former Congressman Roberto Jefferson, president of the conservative PTB party.
Jefferson said he went to the President's Planalto Palace and sat in front of a large television set on which he could see Bolsonaro in a makeshift office in his residence.
I thought the President was good, flushed, ready. In very good health, ”Jefferson said on Saturday. "I only saw him cough once when I was joking."
Since his diagnosis, Bolsonaro has held virtual meetings with Government Secretary-General Jorge Oliveira almost daily to sign official documents. According to Oliveira's office, a protocol was drawn up so the work could be done digitally.
Until Wednesday, he said he was already feeling very well and attributed his use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine – which has not been proven for the treatment of coronavirus – to his mild symptoms.
In the post on Wednesday he wrote: "For those who cheer against hydroxychloroquine but have no alternative, I am sorry to inform you that I am very good with its use and will live with God's grace for a long time. & # 39 ;
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced last week that he tested positive for corona virus – but dismissively removed his mask when he told reporters that he felt "perfectly good".
A volunteer sprays disinfectant into an alley to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the Babilonia slum in Rio de Janeiro
The post was part of a Twitter thread in which the president also defended his government's handling of the pandemic.
He claimed that his government had paid out informal workers to save jobs and lives without causing panic about the pandemic.
"No country in the world liked it as much as Brazil," said Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro's decision to use hydroxychloroquine had conflicted with two successive health ministers, both of whom resigned in April and May.
Leandro Consentino, a political scientist at a university in Sao Paulo, said Bolsonaro would "use the disease to promote chloroquine".
"He is trying to show his support base that Covid-19 is just a minor flu," said Consentino.
However, political scientist Mauricio Santoro of the State University of Rio de Janeiro said Bolsonaro's infection was a "blow to his credibility".
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro held up a dose of hydroxychloroquine last week when he claimed the unproven drug was helping him recover from a coronavirus infection
Brazil is the second worst country to be affected by the global coronavirus pandemic after the United States.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health registered 20,286 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing the total number of cases to almost 1.9 million, while more than 72,000 people died from the virus in Brazil.
The Brazilian president has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus and, despite social distance rules, has mingled with the crowd of followers.
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, previously said that his story as an athlete would protect him from the virus and that it was nothing more than a "little flu".
The populist leader has often violated local guidelines to wear a mask in public, even after a judge asked him to do so in late June.
The 60-year-old president, who called the virus "runny nose," continued to rally and greet supporters by shaking hands with them.
When asked about the high death toll, Bolsonaro said, "So what? I'm sorry, but what should I do? & # 39;
Over Easter, he contradicted his own ministry's health advice by buying donuts.
"Nobody will hinder my right to come and go," said Bolsonaro.
Police officers have removed sun worshipers from Brazil's famous Copacobana Beach as the death toll in the country's coronavirus continues to increase
Bolsonaro fired two health ministers during the pandemic and has repeatedly called for the country to reopen, despite the local administrations' commitment to maintain their bans.
The president has argued that the economic hardship caused by the country's closure is far more serious than the disease itself.
"People will die, I'm sorry," said the president in March. "But we can't stop a car factory because of traffic accidents."
It is because police have removed sun worshipers from Brazil's famous Copacobana Beach, while the country's coronavirus death toll continues to rise.
The beaches in the Rio de Janeiro tourist hotspot are open, but the city has decided that visitors should only use them for sports and water sports to slow the spread of the killer virus.
It was shown how city police officers removed sunbathers who violated the rules.