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Brazil’s Bolsonaro taken to hospital over non-stop hiccups

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures against the coronavirus outbreak, on April 19, 2020, in Brasilia. (Sergio Lima/AFP)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro coughs as he speaks after joining supporters who were taking part in a motorcade to protest against quarantine and social distancing measures against the coronavirus outbreak, on April 19, 2020, in Brasilia. (Sergio Lima/AFP)

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro is admitted to hospital to investigate the cause of persistent hiccups, a government spokesperson says.

The 66-year-old leader had been complaining publically since last week that he had been suffering from hiccups following surgery on a dental implant on July 3.

Bolsonaro was taken to a military hospital in the capital Brasilia “to undergo tests and to investigate the cause of the hiccups,” says the statement from the presidential palace.

“He is in good spirits and feels well,” says the presidency, adding that Bolsonaro would remain under observation for the next 24-48 hours, although “not necessarily in hospital.”

Speaking to a local radio station last week, Bolsonaro had said: “This happened to me before, maybe due to the medicine I’m taking, I have hiccups 24 hours a day.”

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