(Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19, the latest victim of a disease that has wreaked havoc in Brazil, the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hotspot after the United States.
Below is a chronology of the key moments of the outbreak:
Feb. 26 - Brazil’s Health Ministry confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America.
March 12 - Brazil’s presidential communications secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after returning from Florida where he and Bolsonaro met with U.S. President Donald Trump.
March 13 - Bolsonaro says he tested negative for COVID-19.
March 15 - Ignoring medical advice to quarantine, Bolsonaro takes selfies with supporters at a rally in Brasilia.
March 20 - Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta says the virus poses an existential threat to Brazil’s fragile healthcare system, which could start to collapse in April.
March 24 - Bolsonaro urges mayors and state governors to roll back lockdown measures in a televised national address.
April 16 - Bolsonaro fires Mandetta, with whom he had clashed over social distancing measures.
May 8 - British medical journal The Lancet says Bolsonaro is the biggest threat to Brazil’s ability to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
May 12 - Brazil’s confirmed coronavirus cases total passes Germany, as Bolsonaro tries to reopen gyms and beauty parlors by presidential decree.
May 15 - Bolsonaro loses his second health minister in less than a month after Nelson Teich resigns due to differences over the use of antimalarial drugs in treating COVID-19.
May 18 - Brazil overtakes Britain to become the country with the third-highest number of infections, behind the United States and Russia.
May 20 - The Health Ministry, led by an active-duty army general on an interim basis, issues new guidelines for wider use of unproven antimalarial drugs in mild coronavirus cases.
May 22 - Brazil overtakes Russia to become the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases after the United States.
May 24 - U.S. limits travel from Brazil amid worsening coronavirus outbreak.
June 6 - Brazil removes from public view months of data on its COVID-19 epidemic. “The cumulative data ... does not reflect the moment the country is in,” Bolsonaro says on Twitter.
June 9 - Brazil restores the data following a Supreme Court ruling.
June 12 - Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll passes Britain to become world’s second highest after the United States.
June 19 - Brazil passes 1 million cases.
June 21 - Brazil passes 50,000 deaths.
June 23 - A judge orders Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public after he attended political rallies without one.
July 3 - Brazil passes 1.5 million cases.
July 7 - Bolsonaro says he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; and Leslie Adler
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