SAO PAULO / RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian President Jair Bolonaro’s wife and one of his ministers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the country is slowing down with the proliferation of novel coronaries. No signs have been found. The second worst outbreak in the world after the United States.
The president’s office said in a statement that she had overcome the virus with a week-long negative test in quarantine, after her husband said Bolsonaro’s wife Michelle had tested positive.
“First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” noting the disease caused by the new coronovirus.
Earlier on Thursday, Brazil’s Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes, became the fifth minister in Bolsonaro’s government to be diagnosed with the disease after he said his test had come positive.
Their infections are a clear indication of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, setting fresh daily records on Wednesday for new COVID-19 cases and related fatalities.
The 69,074 newly confirmed cases reported by the Ministry of Health and 1,595 additional deaths pushed the country to 2.5 million infections and 90,000 deaths.
Ponts made his announcement on Facebook, stating that he was working remotely.
“I just tested positive for the new coronovirus,” he said. “I’m fine, just a little flu symptoms and headaches.”