By New York Post
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is being tested for the coronavirus days after earlier in the week calling the pandemic a “fantasy.”
The far-right leader is being monitored for the deadly bug that has spread to at least 34 people in the Latin American country, Reuters reported, citing the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.
Bolsonaro previously tried to downplay the worldwide health threat Tuesday during a visit to Miami, Florida.
“During the past year, obviously, we have had moments of crisis. A lot of that is fantasy. And coronavirus, which is not [what] all the mainstream media makes it out to be,” he said.
Bolsonaro returned to Brazil this week after meeting on Saturday with President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Miami.
The White House said earlier in the week that Trump was in “excellent health” after shaking hands with a congressman exposed to the virus.
“The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. “President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him.”