March 12, 2020 / 11:50 PM / 19 days ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro asks supporters to call off demos due to coronavirus

BRASILIA, March 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called on his supporters in an address to the nation on Thursday to suspend rallies they had planned in the country’s main cities on Sunday due to the risk of coronavirus contagion.

The demonstrations were aimed at pressing Congress to approve his legislative agenda. Bolsonaro, who dined with U.S. President Donald Trump in Florida on Saturday, tested for coronavirus on Thursday and the result is due on Friday. (Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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