Two Brazilian state governors who have criticized President Jair Bolsonaro’s calls to relax COVID-19 containment measures said they have tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Governors Wilson Witzel of Rio de Janeiro and Helder Barbalho of the Northern state of Para both posted videos on Twitter announcing their diagnoses and urging people to stay home to fight the spread of the virus.
Witzel, a leading proponent of closing non-essential businesses and ordering people to stay home, said he had started feeling unwell since Friday, April 10, 2020, with a fever, sore throat and loss of smell, a key symptom of the virus as he urged everyone to stay at home.
Barbalho, 40, who said he was asymptomatic, made a similar appeal.
Brazil, the Latin American country hit hardest by the pandemic, has registered 1,532 deaths so far.