Brazil first lady Michelle tests positive for coronavirus

 Brazil first lady Michelle Bolsonaro

Officials in Brazil say first lady Michelle Bolsonaro is being monitored by doctors after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The president’s press office released a statement Thursday, saying the first lady appeared to be in good health but would follow protocols.

She was last seen in public Wednesday during an event in Brasilia with her husband, President Jair Bolsonaro, who was participating in his first official event since testing negative for the coronavirus on Saturday.

Bolsonaro had been in self-isolation for more than two weeks after twice testing positive for the coronavirus. On the same day, the first lady’s positive test was confirmed, a fifth member of Bolsanaro’s cabinet said he is self-quarantining after testing positive for the coronavirus.


Brazil’s President Bolsonaro who initially dismissed the severity of coronavirus said on Thursday Facebook that after recovering from COVID-19, he felt weak and might have “mold in the lung.”

Bolsonaro has been in self-isolation for nearly 20 days after testing positive for coronavirus on July 7. He tested positive on two other occasions until July 25 when he announced that he was now coronavirus free. Before contracting the virus, Bolsonaro dismissed coronavirus as ‘a mild flu’ and joined citizens to demonstrate against lockdown guidelines issued by federal governments.

“I’ve just taken a blood exam. I was a bit weak yesterday. They have also found a bit of an infection. I’m taking antibiotics now. It must have been those 20 days inside the house, we catch other things. I’ve caught mold, mold in my lungs. It must be that.” Bolsonaro said.

“I’m healed from Covid. I have antibodies, no problems. In my particular case, I first thank God, and secondly, the medication prescribed by the presidential doctor; hydroxychloroquine…The following day, I was already OK. If it was a coincidence or not, I don’t know. But it works” Bolsonaro added.

Meanwhile, Science and Technology minister Marcos Pontes wrote on Twitter Thursday that he got tested after experiencing flu-like symptoms and a headache.
Citizenship minister Onyx Lorenzoni and Education minister Milton Ribeiro revealed last week they have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Two other cabinet members revealed in March they tested positive for the coronavirus. Brazil has the highest total of coronavirus cases in Latin America with more than 2.6 million infections and more than 91,000 deaths.

This article first appeared on Observer

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