SAO PAULO / RIO DE JANEIRO – The wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the spread of the coronavirus novel showed no signs of slowing down in the country with the second outbreak. worst in the world after the United States.
Just days after her husband said he had overcome the virus with a negative test in the coming weeks in quarantine, Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, tested positive, the presidential office said in a statement.
“First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” she said, referring to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Earlier Thursday, Brazil’s science and technology minister Marcos Pontes said his test had returned positively, becoming the fifth minister in the Bolsonaro government to be diagnosed with the disease.
Their infections are a visible sign of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, which set fresh daily records Wednesday for new COVID-19 cases and similar deaths.
69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the Ministry of Health, pushed the country past 2.5 million infections and 90,000 killed.
Pontes made his announcement on Facebook, saying he was being quarantined and operating remotely.
“I just tested positive for the new coronavirus,” he said. “I’m fine, just a few flu symptoms and a headache.”