Since the beginning of the outbreak, Bolsonaro has downplayed the risks of COVID-19, calling it a “little flu” that largely threatens the elderly and most vulnerable. He has urged them to self-isolate but otherwise has stressed the need to keep Brazil's economy running.
"The virus is here, we’re going to have to confront it. Confront it like a man, not a boy!" Bolsonaro told supporters outside his official residence on Sunday. "We're all going to die one day."
The Brazilian Health Ministry has reported 3,904 confirmed cases and 114 deaths linked to COVID-19.