PHOTO FILE: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures before the ceremonial lowering of the national flag overnight during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Alvorada Palace in Brazil, July 24, 2020. REUTERS / Adriano Machado
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he was taking antibiotics for an infection that made him feel weak when he laughed in an online video about a “mold” in his lungs.
“I just did a blood test. I felt a little weak yesterday. They also found some infection. I’m on antibiotics now, “Bolsonaro said in a live video broadcast without addressing the infection.
“After 20 days in the interior, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs, “he said, referring to the nearly three weeks he spent in the official presidential house. The coronavirus was positive on July 7 and negative last Saturday.
His wife Michelle Bolsonaro was tested positive on Thursday, according to a statement from the presidential palace. Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes also said he was positive for the virus, making him the government’s fifth minister.
Bolsonaro said he would visit the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul on Friday.
Report by Ricardo Brita; By Jake Spring; Edited by Brad Haynes and Grant McCool