The Brazilian Press Association said later on Tuesday that it would sue Bolsonaro in the Supreme Court, accusing him of “endangering” journalists, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported, citing the association’s president, Paulo Jeronimo de Sousa.
“Despite knowing he was infected with COVID-19, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to act in a criminal manner and endanger the lives of others,” de Sousa said.
De Sousa said Bolsonaro broke Article 131 and Article 132 of the penal code, which prohibit transmitting a disease to someone else and exposing others to danger.
Bolsonaro also “broke the isolation recommended by the doctors,” de Sousa said. Health authorities around the world have urged people who test positive for the coronavirus or who experience coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate for at least seven days.
Bolsonaro in Brasilia on May 13.
The gesture is symbolic of Bolsonaro’s reluctance to take the coronavirus seriously.
The government has sought to reduce the amount of information about new cases available to the public and is pressing ahead with an end to restrictions despite astronomically high numbers of daily new cases.