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July 7, 2020

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus after developing mild symptoms, including a fever. He said the fever has subsided and that he's feeling "well, normal."

Bolsonaro has remained one of the biggest outliers among world leaders when it comes to the pandemic. He's frequently downplayed the risk of the virus, describing it as a "little cold," while often joining large crowds of his supporters and, on occasion, attending gatherings without wearing a mask. On a national level he has pushed back against efforts to shut down aspects of the country's economy.

Meanwhile, Brazil has emerged as one of the pandemic's persistent hot spots. More than 65,000 people in the world's sixth most populous nation have died from COVID-19 complications, while more than 1.5 million have been infected with the virus. Those numbers only reflect the confirmed cases, however — experts believe the true toll is much higher, with some accusing the government of hiding the data. Tim O'Donnell

July 4, 2020

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top fundraising official for the Trump re-election campaign and the girlfriend of President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for the coronavirus Friday after traveling to South Dakota to watch Trump speak prior to an Independence Day fireworks display near Mount Rushmore.

Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. reportedly did not travel with the president aboard Air Force One or meet up with him in South Dakota, and Guilfoyle — who is reportedly asymptomatic at this point — was the only person in her travel group to test positive. She and Trump Jr., who tested negative, never made it to the event, and are reportedly planning to drive back to the East Coast in an attempt to avoid further contact with people.

The New York Times reports Guilfoyle is the third person in possible proximity to the president to test positive, suggesting people's — including Trump's — concerns about the president contracting the virus have some weight to them. But it's worth noting Trump is reportedly tested daily and the White House goes to great lengths to reduce the risk of infection. Read more at NBC News and The New York Times. Tim O'Donnell

March 11, 2016

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova confessed on Monday that she tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open after the drug went onto the banned substance list on Jan. 1. The World Anti-Doping Agency says she isn't alone: On Friday, the agency reported that 99 tests since Jan. 1 have shown positive results for meldonium.

The New York Times reported Thursday that at least 60 athletes had tested positive for the drug, which is typically used to help with blood flow in heart patients. While many who have tested positive have not yet been publicly identified, among their numbers are Olympic gold medalist in short-track speedskating Semion Elistratov of Russia, Olympic silver medalist in wrestling Davit Modzmanashvili of Georgia, and world champion runner Abeba Aregawi of Sweden.

Sharapova's confession has split many in the sport. "I find it strange that there's a prescription drug used for heart conditions and so many athletes competing at the top level of their sport would have that condition. That sounds a bit off to me," Andy Murray told the BBC. Serena Williams, on the other hand, has defended Sharapova, calling her decision to admit to the positive test courageous. Jeva Lange

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