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 new coronavirus showed no signs of slowing down in the country. the world’s second worst outbreak after the United States.
Only a few days after her husband said he had defeated the virus with a negative quarantine test for the following weeks, Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, tested positive, the presidential office said.
“First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will adhere to all established protocols,” the statement said, citing a disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Earlier on Thursday, Brazilian Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes said his test returned positive, becoming the fifth minister in the Bolsonaro government to be diagnosed with the disease.
Their infections are a clear sign of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, which set fresh daily records on Wednesday for new COVID-19 cases and related deaths.
The 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the Ministry of Health have pushed the country past 2.5 million infections and killed 90,000.
Pontes posted his message on Facebook, saying he was quarantined and working remotely.
“I just tested positive for the new coronavirus,” he said. “I’m fine, just a little flu and a headache.”