Photo by Alana Santosa / Planalta
Brazil̵7;s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro was positive for coronavirus on Thursday. According to the office of President Jair Bolsonar, a few days after her husband said he had recovered from the disease.
“He is in good health and will abide by all established protocols,” Planalto Palace, the president’s official residence, told the media in a short statement.
The first lady is taken care of by the presidential medical team, the Planalto Palace added.
Just 24 hours ago, Michelle Bolsonaro attended a public event in Brazil with her husband, who wore a mask, when she made remarks about an initiative on women’s rights in rural and indigenous communities.
Brazil currently reports more than 2.5 million cases of coronaviruses – second in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. COVID-19 has killed more than 90,000 people in Brazil.
“Daily [death] the number rose above 1,500 Wednesday – top officials accused the delayed data, “reports of Philipp Reeves of the NPR of Rio de Janeiro.” There were also 69,000 new infections, a record. “
Despite these persistent numbers, the Bolsonar government has announced that it is lifting its international four-month air traffic ban on foreign tourists. Visitors can stay up to 90 days and must have “health insurance during their stay”, according to a bulletin published on Thursday by the International Air Transport Association.
The Brazilian president was one of the most vocal skeptics against coronavirus in the world. According to him, the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is “exaggerated”. He also sharply criticized all local or state officials who imposed restrictions.
Jair Bolsonaro was positive for coronavirus earlier this month after weeks of continued risk reduction. When he spoke to journalists about his diagnosis, he backed away from them and removed his face mask – an act that prompted a group of journalists to sue him.
Days before he was positive, Bolsonaro signed a national face mask mandate in a law that required protective masks in both public and private areas because of the pandemic.