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Corona-struck Bolsonaro is now bitten by an 'ostrich' in quarantine

A President under treatment in quarantine on his palace grounds, controversial Bolsonaro was shocked and seen wreathing in pain when his act of kindness returned a merciless bite. The President of a country where 75,568 people have died of coronavirus, who used to describe the epidemic as a "little cold" and scoff at the mask like Trump, is now missing out on his favourite parties and bakery visits.

BRASILIA, July 16: A rhea, an ostrich-like flightless heavy bird, bit corona-quarantined Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on his hand hard on Monday while he was feeding a flock of them on his presidential premises.

Undergoing quarantine, Bolsonaro, 65, was on a stroll on his Alvorada Palace grounds when he thought of feeding the birds. The far-right populist leader's encounter with the birds was circulating on social media to the amusement of his critics who number quite a lot. Someone was caustic: “Even the animals recognize when someone is pernicious.”

On July 7 he told the media that he had tested positive for coronavirus the previous day. While thousands of people were dying in his own country infected with coronavirus, he used to say that it is like a "little cold" and was all the way refusing to wear face mask in public places. He was even fined by a court for violating the rule. He had been at loggerheads with the Governor over corona restrictions which he held were stifling the economy, a view he shared with US President Donald Trump.

Confined to his residence, he is discharging all his duties online, holding virtual meetings. According to Jorge Oliveira, Secretary-General of Government, a protocol was created so work could be carried out digitally. Meanwhile, he met a batch of newsmen, who stood across the park in front of the palace, a few hundred metres across.

Journalists said, "Despite knowing he was infected with COVID-19, President Jair Bolsonaro continued to act in a criminal manner and endanger the lives of others." They are filing a law suit against him as he announced to them the corona test result without wearing a face mask.

Now Bolsonaro is eager to take another corona test hoping that would turn negative because he simply “can’t stand this routine of staying at home. It’s horrible,” in his own words. He, like Trump, is taking hydroxychloroquine, in between checking the ECG!

The US Food and Drug Administration had gone volte-face and warned in mid-June that “recent results from a large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients" found that hydroxychloroquine “showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery.” Because Trump was taking it and promoting the drug?

He lives with his wife Michelle Bolsonaro, daughter and step-daughter.

Brazil has recorded a high of 19,72,072 cases and deaths of 75,568 so far as the covid raged without a respite, ranking number 2 in the list of worst-affected countries, next to the US.

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