SAO PAULO / RIO DE JANEIRO – The wife of Brazilian President Jairis Bolsonar and one of his ministers welcomed COVID-19, according to an official report on Thursday, as the spread of the new coronavirus showed no signs of slowing down in a country with the world’s second worst outbreak after the US.
A few days after her husband said she had overcome the virus by taking a negative test after weeks of quarantine, Bolsonar’s wife Michelle turned out to be positive, according to a message from the president’s office.
“First lady Michelle Bolsonar̵7;s test was positive on COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” the report said of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Earlier on Thursday, Brazil’s Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes, said his test had returned positive – he became the fifth minister in the Bolsonaro government to be diagnosed with the disease.
Their contagion is a clear sign of the outbreak in Brazil, which recorded new data on COVID-19 cases and related deaths on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Health reported 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths, which led to 2.5 million infections and 90,000 deaths in the country.
Pontes posted a message on Facebook saying he is quarantined and working remotely.
“I have just confirmed the new coronavirus,” he said. “I’m fine, just a little flu symptoms and a headache.”