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Eldest son of Brazil's president tests positive for COVID-19

Rio de Janeiro State Senator Flavio Bolsonaro listens as his father, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, makes media statement announcing economic measures during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Brasilia, Brazil, March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the eldest son of president Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement by Flavio’s spokesman.

Flavio has no symptoms of COVID-19 and is at home, it said, adding he has started taking chloroquine and azithromycin as part of a treatment against the virus.

President Bolsonaro is a big supporter of chloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria, despite the lack of solid evidence it works against the disease.

Bolsonaro himself caught the virus earlier, as well as his wife Michelle Bolsonaro and his youngest son, Jair Renan.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle, in Brasilia, writing by Carolina Mandl, in Sao Paulo; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama