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Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask during a press conference on the coronavirus pandemic COVID-19 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 20, 2020. – Brazil’s government on Friday drastically downgraded its growth projections for 2020 by 2.1 percent to practically zero (0.02 percent) due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP)

SAO PAULO (Agencies) — Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he said in a television interview on Tuesday.

Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the pandemic, revealed the test result during nationally televised remark.

“It came back positive,” he told reporters from behind a mask.

CNN affiliate CNN Brasil quoted Bolsonaro’s press office as saying that the president was being treated with hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as he awaited the result of his fourth Covid-19 test in four months.

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