- The number one citizen of Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro, has contacted coronavirus
- Bolsonaro's coronavirus status was reported on Friday, March 13
- The Brazilian president was said to have earlier described the disease as a mere fantasy
Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, on Friday, March 13, tested positive for the global pandemic, coronavirus, just some days after his meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States (US) in Miami.
According to the New York Times, Bolsonaro was known to have said that the virus is only a fantasy.
The president had earlier said: “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.”
However, Bolsonaro was seen with a face mask at Palácio da Alvorada, his official residence. For now, the president is awaiting the counter-proof result that will confirm his health status in relation to the virus.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Mohammad Ali Ramazani Dastak, an Iranian MP who tested positive for coronavirus disease a few days ago had died.
Dastak was recently elected to represent Astana Ashrafieh died on Saturday, February 29. His demise was confirmed by the country's ministry of health.
Kianush Jahanpur, the ministry of health's spokesperson said: “Unfortunately nine people died of the virus in the last 24 hours, with the death toll at 43 people.”
The Iranian MP died after he was taken to hospital with “influenza and chemical injuries” sustained in the Iran-Iraq war.
The epidemic had killed at least 43 people with 593 confirmed cases recorded in the Islamic Republic.
However, the Iranian government has been accused by health officials of covering up at least 210 people who have died from the illness.
Since the outbreak of the epidemic that began in January 2020, Iran has the highest death toll outside of China. So far more than 2,800 people have been killed and more than 83,000 infected worldwide.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that the end to the spread of coronavirus might be in sight as some scientists in Isreal had announced a significant breakthrough in the development of COVID-19 vaccine in their four-year-old research.
According to a statement published by the Migal Galilee Research Institute (MIGAL) on its website on Thursday, February 27, some of its researchers said they had developed an effective vaccine against avian coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus (IBV).
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