Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro conducted a motorcycle raid through the streets of São Paulo on Saturday and was fined for not wearing a mask. The São Paulo state government press office said Bolsonaro will be fined about $110 for violating a rule that requires wearing a mask in public places starting in May 2020.
Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolsonaro, who tested positive for COVID-19 last year, was also fined for not wearing a mask during a May rally with supporters in the northeastern state of Maranhao. The Brazilian president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and then spoke from the roof of a truck to bikers who were mostly unmasked, ABC News reported. They applauded and chanted cheers to Bolsonaro, while he said masks were not necessary for those already vaccinated. This claim, which the Brazilian president constantly repeats, is disputed by most public health experts. Although studies show that many vaccines reduce viral load and the likelihood of spreading infection, not all varieties have been fully studied.
According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, less than 12% of the Brazilian population has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.