In his first live video on Facebook since he recovered from Covid-19, Bolsonaro said: “I just did a blood test. I was a little weak yesterday. They also found some infection. I’m taking antibiotics now. It must have been those 20 days inside the house, we’ll catch other things. I caught mold, mold in my lungs.
His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, also tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the president’s press office.
The first lady, who was last seen in public on Wednesday afternoon when she and her husband attended an official event in Brazil, “is in good health and will abide by all established protocols,”; the statement said.
“The first lady is accompanied by the medical teams of the President of the Republic,” the statement added.
In his speech on Thursday, the president also thanked God and hydroxychloroquine for his health.
“I am healed from Covid. I have no antibodies, no problems. In my particular case, first I thank God and secondly, the medication prescribed by the presidential doctor: hydroxychloroquine,” Bolsonaro said.
“I was fine the next day. If it was a coincidence or not, I don’t know. But it works,” the president added.
Brazil ranks second in the United States in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths. However, Bolsonaro has suppressed the virus for months and often appears in public and in gatherings without a face mask, even embracing supporters.
The chairman rode on horseback on Thursday during a visit to Piaui State, where he was greeted by supporters, some of whom did not have masks.
In a video posted on Bolsonara’s official Facebook page, the president is seen on a horse given to him when he arrived at Sao Raimundo Notato Airport. Bolsonaro initially wore a mask, but removed it when celebrating with his followers.
The purpose of the visit was to improve Bolsonar’s political relations with regional authorities and to inaugurate the water system in Campo Alegre de Lourdes, a small town in the north-eastern state of Bahia, in an area known for severe droughts.
Rodrigo Pedroso reported from Sao Paulo, written by Amy Woodyatt in London.