In his first live video on Facebook since recovering from Covid-19, Bolsonaro said: “I just had a blood test. I was a little weak yesterday. They also found an infection. I’m taking antibiotics now. “It must have been those 20 days inside the house, we caught other things. I caught mold, mold in the lungs. It must be so.”
His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, also tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the President’s press office.
The first lady, who was last seen in public on Wednesday afternoon, when she attended an official event in Brasilia with her husband, “is in good health and will follow all established protocols, “the statement said.
“The first lady is being accompanied by the medical team of the Presidency of the Republic,”; the statement added.
In his speech Thursday, the President also thanked God and hydroxycholine for his health.
“I have been cured by Covid. I have antibodies, I have no problems. In my special case, first I thank God, and secondly, the medicine prescribed by the presidential doctor: hydroxychlorine,” Bolsonaro said.
“The next day, I was already okay. Whether it was a coincidence or not, I do not know. But it works,” the president added.
Brazil is second only to the United States in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths. But Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus for months, and often appears in public and at rallies without a face mask, even embracing supporters.
The president made a horse appearance Thursday during a visit to Piau. State, where he was greeted by supporters, some of whom wore no masks.
In a video posted on Bolsonaro’s official Facebook page, the President is seen on a horse given to him as he arrives at Sao Raimundo Notato Airport. Bolsonaro initially wore a mask but removed it while celebrating with supporters.
The visit was aimed at improving Bolsonaro’s political relations with regional authorities and the inauguration of a water system at Campo Alegre de Lourdes, a small town in the northeastern state of Bahia, a region known for severe drought.
Rodrigo Pedroso reported from Sao Paulo, Amy Woodyatt wrote in London.