Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro cleared his public agenda for Tuesday morning as he awaited the result of a coronavirus test, with his office saying the far-right leader who has dismissed the virus as a "little flu" was in good health.
Bolsonaro also said he did a lung screening and they came back "clean".
Bolsonaro, 65, has repeatedly trivialized the pandemic and flouted social distancing, even as Brazil became the second-worst hit country after the United States, with more than 65,000 deaths and 1.6 million confirmed cases.
He said that he was already feeling better and later posted a video on social media of himself taking the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.
Now Bolsonaro has the chance to face the coronavirus "like a man" - he said he was suffering from possible symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 38 degrees.
More than 23,000 people who had not been diagnosed with COVID-19 died from respiratory infections between January 1 and June 6, according to Fiocruz, one of Brazil's state-run health research institutes.
"We know today there are other remedies that can help fight the coronavirus", Bolsonaro said.
Countries are struggling to keep a lid on new cases as they attempt to restart economies, with Australia's second-biggest city becoming the latest victim of a second surge after recently lifting virus restrictions. On the other hand, if Bolsonaro's symptoms worsen to the point he requires intensive care, and particularly if he dies, it could change the tide of public debate, despite the minimal scientific relevance of a sample size of one. "He is going to have health and get through this sickness".
One of Bolsonaro's most infamous assertions was that he, as former athlete - Bolsonaro was a paratrooper in the Brazilian army - need not worry about the risk of coronavirus infection.
Unlike Britain's prime minister, who moderated his rhetoric after testing positive for the virus, Bolsonaro will probably not change his stance, said Leandro Consentino, a political science professor at Insper, a university in Sao Paulo.
Over the weekend, Bolsonaro was also in close contact with US Ambassador Todd Chapman during July 4 celebrations.
The U.S. embassy in Brasilia said the ambassador had lunch with Bolsonaro, five ministers and the president's son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, a congressman.