SAO PAULO / RIO DE JANEIRO – The wife of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and one of his ministers tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement on Thursday, as the spread of the new coronavirus shows no signs of slowing down in the country with the second worst outbreak in the world after the United States.
Just days after her husband said he overcame the virus with a negative quarantine test in the following weeks, Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle, took the test, the presidential cabinet said in a statement.
“First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-1
Earlier on Thursday, Brazilian Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes said his test came back positive, becoming the fifth minister in Bolsonaro’s government to be diagnosed with the disease.
Their infections are a tangible sign of the scale of the epidemic in Brazil, which set fresh daily records on Wednesday for new cases of COVID-19 and related deaths.
69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the health ministry have swept the country with more than 2.5 million infections and 90,000 killed.
Pontes made his message on Facebook, saying he was quarantined and working remotely.
“I just tested positive for the new coronavirus,” he said. “I’m fine, just a little flu symptoms and a headache.”