Fact Check: No, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Has Not Tested Positive For Coronavirus

In an appearance on "America's Newsroom," Eduardo, his son denied that his father tested positive for COVID-19.

14 March 2020 9:33 AM GMT
Editor : Bharat Nayak | By : Aditi Chattopadhyay
Fact Check: No, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Has Not Tested Positive For Coronavirus

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In another case of fake news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, several media giants reported that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Reminding readers that Bolsonaro had met with U.S. President Donald Trump in Florida earlier this week, On March 13, between 9 and 11 AM Eastern, The Guardian (United Kindom), CNA (Taiwan) and Fox News (United States) misreported this claim.

This led to an avalanche of photos on social media. The photos mostly showed Bolsonaro and Trump shaking hands.

Some of those posts also went on to suggest that the U.S president needed to be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible, just like Vice President Mike Pence, who also had met with Bolsonaro.


Claim:

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Fact Check:

The claim is not true.

Fox News reported that his son Eduardo Bolsonaro has said that his father has tested negative for coronavirus.

"Reports out of Brazil had initially indicated Bolsonaro had tested positive, and his son appeared to confirm this to Fox News earlier Friday, adding that further testing was being done to confirm the diagnosis and the second set of testing was expected later in the day. However, in a subsequent appearance on "America's Newsroom," Eduardo denied his father had ever tested positive," reads the report.

On being asked if he could confirm his father had first tested positive for the virus and what had happened in between then, Bolsonaro was quoted as saying "The information I have is the results that just came up telling that he is negative for coronavirus. I never listened that it was positive in the first exam. This is something that I don't know. But, uh, everything's good now."

A note published by columnist Leandro Mazzini at O Dia, a very well-known Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper had led The Guardian and CNI to misreport.

At 9:55 AM, the headline at O Dia's website stated "Bolsonaro tests positive on his first analysis" (translated from Portuguese)


The Guardian then re-posted the story with the following headline: "Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro 'tests positive for coronavirus"


This led to a frenzy, which in turn led to the misinterpreted claim going viral.

Therefore, we can conclude Bolsnaro is not suffering from COVID-19.

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Claim Review :  Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the novel coronavirus
Claimed By :  The Guardian
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

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