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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on June 23in Brasilia. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was ordered by a federal judge on Tuesday to wear a face mask outside or be fined, AP reports.

Why it matters: Coronavirus infections and fatalities in Brazil have continued to climb exponentially, after the far-right leader challenged state governors to defy his push to reopen businesses.

Driving the news: The judge's order comes after Bolsonaro joined protests against social distancing and quarantines — which aim to slow the spread of the coronavirus — in Brasilia, without wearing a face mask.

Where it stands: The country is reporting over 1.1 million coronavirus infections and over 51,000 deaths, per Johns Hopkins. Over 623,000 people have recovered in Brazil.

  • Brazil has recorded more new cases each day than any other country and the second-most deaths to date, after the U.S., Axios' Dave Lawler writes.

Go deeper: Pandemic meets political crisis as investigations hit Bolsonaro allies

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Updated Oct 2, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump tests positive for coronavirus

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the physician to the president confirmed early Friday.

Why it matters: Trump is 74 years old, which generally puts him at higher risk for severe illness from the virus, per CDC guidelines. The president was experiencing "mild symptoms" on Friday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters.

Updated Dec 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Americans shrug off Omicron, Axios-Ipsos poll finds — CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise."
  2. Vaccines: Omicron gives a shot to boosters — U.S. announces $400M for global COVID vaccine distribution — Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down.
  3. States: Gov. Hochul will order some NY hospitals to halt elective surgeries — Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers.
  4. World: EU drug regulator backs mixing COVID vaccines — Poor global equity likely in COVID pill access — CDC raises travel advisories for France, Portugal to highest level amid COVID surge.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

The president is infected

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President Trump, who had talked and acted like he was medically invincible, tweeted just before 1am that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus.

Why it matters: The shocking announcement has personal, political, medical, financial and national security ramifications. Election Day is 32 days away. Markets hate uncertainty, and we now have the biggest X factor in the world.