The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, tested negative in the examinations he performed on the new coronavirus during the month of March, according to official documents delivered this Wednesday to the Supreme Federal Court (STF).
Bolsonaro used the pseudonyms of “Airton Guedes” and “Rafael Augusto Alves da Costa Ferraz” when carrying out medical examinations, arguing that he did it for security, image preservation and privacy reasons. However, he ensured his identification when presenting personal data, such as his identity card number and the equivalent in Portugal to the Tax Identification Number.
“I always said to the doctor: ‘put on a fancy name because (…) someone can do something weird’. There is a code in every exam I take ”, Bolsonaro told the press last month.
In the early hours of this Wednesday, the Attorney General’s Office (AGU), a body that represents the interests of the government in judicial proceedings, handed over to the STF two of the exams carried out by the head of state and, hours later, delivered a third test, whose realization was not public.
Bolsonaro underwent tests for the new coronavirus after returning from a trip to the United States of America (USA) and declared, in his social media accounts, that the two tests were negative.
However, the Brazilian head of state did not present any opinion, photo or copy of the exams, a fact that led the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo to file a lawsuit asking for access to the results.
The lawsuit filed by the Brazilian newspaper obtained a favorable decision in two courts, but the AGU appealed and obtained the right not to disclose the exams in a decision taken by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ).
The case was taken to the STF, the last instance of the Brazilian justice system, which received the exams at around 10 pm on Tuesday (2 am this Wednesday in Lisbon).
With the tests now presented, it is known that Jair Bolsonaro took the first test on March 12, having been subjected to a new test five days later, both in the Sabin laboratory and presenting different names. The last test was carried out on March 18, by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), having been identified as “patient 5”.
In March, at least 23 people who were with Bolsonaro on a trip to the USA tested positive for the new coronavirus, among them the ministers of the Institutional Security Office, Augusto Heleno, and of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, both over 60 years old , in addition to the government’s Communication Secretary, Fábio Wajngarten.
Earlier this month, the spokesman for the Brazilian Presidency, General Otávio do Rêgo Barros, 59, also tested positive for the new coronavirus.
Brazil has 177,589 confirmed cases and 12,400 deaths caused by the new coronavirus, a disease that was officially detected in the country for the first time on February 26.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the Covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 292,000 deaths and infected more than 4.2 million people in 195 countries and territories.
More than 1.4 million patients were considered cured.