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Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s ‘Captain Corona’, like Trump, bets on virus denial

The rightwing leader may emerge politically stronger from the pandemic Disease has often stricken Brazilian leaders. In 1919, the Spanish flu killed president-elect Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves. Fernando Collor de Mello was impeached in 1992 after the country was struck by cholera. Dilma Rousseff met the same fate in 2016 in the midst of the Zika epidemic. Now Covid-19 has infected President Jair Bolsonaro. But unlike his predecessors — assuming the controversial rightwing leader recovers from the virus…
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