SAO PAULO / RIO DE JANEIRO – The wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, as the spread of the new coronavirus showed no signs of slowing in the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.
Just days after her husband said the virus had passed a negative test following weeks in quarantine, Bolsonar’s wife, Michelle, was positive, the presidency said in a statement.
“First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols, “she said, referring to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Earlier on Thursday, Brazilian Minister of Science and Technology Marcos Pontes said his test had returned positively to become the fifth minister of the Bolsonar government to be diagnosed with the disease.
Their infections are a tangible sign of the extent of the outbreak in Brazil, which on Wednesday recorded fresh daily records of new cases of COVID-19 and related deaths.
69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the Ministry of Health forced the country to overcome 2.5 million infections and 90,000 deaths.
Pontes spoke on Facebook stating that he was quarantined and working remotely.
“I just tested positive for a new coronavirus,” he said. “I’m fine, just a little flu symptoms and a headache.”