Brazilian first lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 weeks after her husband, President Jair Bolsonaro, announced that she had done the same.
According to Wednesday’s statement, she is in “good health” and is following established health protocols. Michele Bolsonaro is being monitored by the President’s medical team.
NPR reported that the president and the first woman attended a public event in Brasilia on Wednesday, where she wore a face mask, commenting on an initiative for women from rural areas and native communities.
The news of Michelle Bolsonaro’s transition came on the same day that the country’s science and technology minister, Marcos Pontes, shared on Twitter, which has also tested positive for coronovirus. Pontes is the fifth member of Bolsonaro’s cabinet to contract the disease.
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– Marcos Pontes (@Astro_Pontes) 30 July 2020
Jair Bolsonaro said last week that he tested negative for coronovirus, after announcing that he had contracted the disease on 7 July. The leader has not avoided public incidents since the onset of the epidemic and has repeatedly minimized the effects of the disease.
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Several studies have shown that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating COVID-19 and may pose health risks, such as heart rhythm irregularities.
Bolsanaro’s administration on Wednesday reopened the country’s borders for international air travel, which had been banned since March. The New York Times reported that foreign tourists should be able to show that they have health insurance for the duration of their trip.
Brazil has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world behind the United States. The country has confirmed more than 2.5 million COVID-19 cases and 90,134 disasters.