NBC News: Brazil President Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, and science minister test positive for COVID-19

NBC News: Brazil President Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, and science minister test positive for COVID-19. “Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s wife and one of his ministers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the spread of the novel coronavirus showed no signs of slowing in the country with the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.”

Reuters: Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has ‘mold’ in lungs

Reuters: Brazilian President Bolsonaro says he has ‘mold’ in lungs. “Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, chuckling in an online video about ‘mold’ in his lungs, having spent weeks in isolation after catching the novel coronavirus.”

CNN: Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus

CNN: Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19 after months of dismissing the seriousness of the virus. “Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, following months of downplaying the virus. Bolsonaro himself announced the result, speaking on Brazilian TV channels Tuesday. ‘Everyone knew that it would reach a considerable part of the population sooner or later. It was positive for me,’ he said, referring to the Covid-19 test he took Monday.”

Courthouse News Service: Judge Orders Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Wear Mask

Courthouse News Service: Judge Orders Brazil’s Bolsonaro to Wear Mask. “A federal judge in Brazil ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public, after the far-right leader repeatedly flouted the coronavirus containment measures in place in Brasilia. Judge Renato Borelli ordered Bolsonaro, who has famously compared the new coronavirus to a ‘little flu,’ to stop ignoring the capital city’s mask decree, or face a fine of $390.”

Coronavirus: How pandemic turned political in Brazil (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: How pandemic turned political in Brazil. “The country has swiftly risen up the grim leader board of coronavirus statistics and its death toll – 41,828 – is now the world’s second highest. The Americas account for around half of the number of cases globally. Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country, is now the epicentre of the epicentre. But its leader still seems to care very little – or at least that is the impression he is happy to portray.”

New York Times: Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data

New York Times: Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data. “Brazil’s health ministry took down the website where it had been reporting coronavirus statistics on Friday. And then, when it came back online on Saturday, the site omitted the historical data — leaving out how many people had already been infected or killed because of the virus. Lawmakers and health experts quickly attacked Mr. Bolsonaro in unusually blistering terms.”

The Guardian: Brazil stops releasing Covid-19 death toll and wipes data from official site

The Guardian: Brazil stops releasing Covid-19 death toll and wipes data from official site. “The Brazilian government has been accused of totalitarianism and censorship after it stopped releasing its total numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths and wiped an official site clean of swaths of data.”

BBC: Coronavirus protest in Brazil sees millions bang pots from balconies

BBC: Coronavirus protest in Brazil sees millions bang pots from balconies. “People in Brazil have expressed anger at President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic by banging pots and pans together on balconies. Millions of protesters in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro appeared at windows on Wednesday evening calling for the president to step down.”

Phys .org: Right-wing WhatsApp users in Brazil are more effective at spreading disinformation

Phys .org: Right-wing WhatsApp users in Brazil are more effective at spreading disinformation. “After Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, international political pundits and journalists wondered if social media platform WhatsApp enabled far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power. Northwestern University computer scientists now confirm that WhatsApp use played a key role in the electoral process.”

The Guardian: Bolsonaro’s son banned from WhatsApp amid claims of fake news campaign

The Guardian: Bolsonaro’s son banned from WhatsApp amid claims of fake news campaign. “The politician son of the far-right favourite to become Brazil’s next president has been evicted from WhatsApp amid allegations that his father’s push for power has been turbocharged by an illegal fake news blitz on the Facebook-owned messaging app. One of Brazil’s top newspapers on Thursday claimed Brazilian entrepreneurs were bankrolling a multimillion-dollar campaign designed to boost Jair Bolsonaro by inundating WhatsApp users with messages undermining his leftist rival Fernando Haddad.”