Judge orders Brazil President Bolsonaro to wear mask

A Brazilian federal judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to comply with local rules to wear a face mask whenever he is outdoors in the capital, Brasilia.

“Bolsonaro has exposed other people to the contagion of a disease that has caused national commotion”, said Judge Renato Coelho Borelli.

The order came after Bolsonaro was seen unmasked at various public gatherings, from joining people protesting against the country’s Congress and Supreme Court to drawing crowds as he visited outdoor food stalls.

Many rights activists, health experts and opposition leaders have been criticizing Jair Bolsonaro’s administration as he continues to deny the importance of the coronavirus epidemic, although it has affected Brazil more than any other country in Latin America.