Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has denied earlier reports that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Bolsonaro and his communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, who met US President Donald Trump last weekend at his Florida resort, were both reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.

A newspaper in Brazil today reported that Bolsonaro - who recently described the pandemic as a "fantasy" - had tested positive.

The newspaper said the report was "based on sources with first-hand knowledge inside the presidential palace" just days after an official visit to the US.

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"He waits for the result of the counter-proof this Friday (13) to confirm the contamination" according to a translation in the local news outlet Jornal Odia.

President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. Photo / Getty Images
President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with President of the Federative Republic of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro. Photo / Getty Images

"There is tension in the air. Despite spending quiet time on TV, and asking the people to avoid the streets (a clear cancellation of the call for Sunday's pro-government demonstrations), Bolsonaro does not hide the evidence.

"He appeared in a mask this morning and did not leave the Palácio da Alvorada, the official residence."

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