Congressman Gil Diniz (without a party) said on Thursday (1), during a plenary session of the Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo, that he had Covid-19 and was hospitalized for seven days at Hospital Santa Marcelina, located in Itaquera, in East Zone of São Paulo.
Three of the seven days he was hospitalized he spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
On March 24, he participated in an online session of Alesp directly from a hospital, using a patient’s wristband. After the session, the G1 it’s at GloboNews asked Gil Diniz’s press office if he had been infected with the coronavirus, but the advisers did not confirm the information. He was discharged on March 26.
“I appreciate all the solidarity of the peers, some deputies did not know. I had Covid-19 and was hospitalized for seven days at Hospital Santa Marcelina, three of them in an ICU,” said Gil Diniz during an Alesp session broadcast on the internet this Thursday.
Gil Diniz, who was often seen at Alesp without a protective mask and even placed a poster prohibiting the use of the utensil in his office, thanked “the prayers” and said that he went through difficult, but “pedagogical” moments.
“Being in an ICU is terrible,” Gil Diniz told GloboNews.
“I never denied the virus itself, but the experience leads us to empathize with others,” he added to GloboNews.
“They were difficult times, but, for me, they were pedagogical. I could see the dimension of health professionals at that moment, both in the infirmary and in the ICU, I saw cases of death”, said the parliamentarian.
The Bolsonarista deputy called the coronavirus “a cursed virus, which has taken the lives of many Brazilians”.
“We have to put all our energies and our resources into facing it, this is the main problem in the world at the moment”, said Gil Diniz.
Sign prohibiting the use of masks in the office of Deputy Gil Diniz (PSL) at Alesp. – Photo: Reproduction / Social Media
Before contracting the disease, in early March, Gil Diniz placed a sign on the door of his office at the Legislative House prohibiting the use of masks inside the enclosure. The deputy himself was caught without a mask a few times, circulating through Alesp.
At the time, he told the G1 that it was not a ban on the use of utensils in his office, but an “irony” and a “political action against Congresswoman Mônica Seixas”.
“Whoever enters my office can use the mask or not, it is up to you. I do not use it properly, but there is no such prohibition. The plaque was an irony to Monica Seixas’ action. It was a political action in response to another political action. There is no such thing as ‘my private space’ and here you cannot do that, I make people feel free to wear a mask, if they want. I have advisers who use it and others who don’t, “said Diniz to G1 at the beginning of March.
At the beginning of last month, before contracting the disease, the deputy even affirmed to the G1 who had never had a serological test, but believed that he had already contracted the virus.
At the time, he also said that some employees of his office, who were working from home and who were more careful, had contracted Covid, while others who remained in the face-to-face work did not catch the disease.
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