38-year-old Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19. The wife of the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, contracted the disease caused by a new coronavirus days after the president’s recovery.
BRASILIA – The first lady of Brazil and a fifth government minister have tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities reported today.
President Jair Bolsonaro also contracted the disease, as revealed on July 7, and remained isolated in the Palacio de la Alvorada (official residence) until last Saturday (25), when he announced his recovery.
This Thursday, the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Marcos Pontes, reported having tested positive for the virus. Marcos Pontes is the fifth member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s cabinet, in addition to the president himself, who contracts the disease.
On 7th July, Bolsonaro announced that he has been infected by Covid-19 and that he should remain in the presidential palace in Brasilia for a few weeks. However, on Saturday he confirmed that he had tested negative.
And after that, the presidential office released a statement reporting that first lady Michelle Bolsonaro, 38 has also been diagnosed with Covid-19. This is not the first test that was carried out on the first lady of Brazil, because on July 11, days after President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive, he was tested negative.
Bolsonaro participated in his first public event since the diagnosis, in an act of support for rural women in which he was accompanied by his wife.
Last week, the Ministers of Citizenship, Onyx Lorenzoni, and Ministers of Education, Milton Ribeiro, have also announced that they were tested Corona positive. Two other ministers contracted the coronavirus disease in the month of March.
Brazil is one of the nation’s hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world; It is the second country internationally with the most affected by the health emergency with more than two million patients and over 90 thousand deaths due to the new coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University report.