First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro Has Covid-19, But Is 'in Good Health'

Cheryl Sanders
July 31, 2020

He also revealed he was again feeling poorly and was taking antibiotics for an undisclosed illness.

According to official information, Bolsonaro underwent four COVID-19 tests in 18 days and tested positive thrice.

Mr. Bolsonaro said he would go ahead with his visit to southern Rio Grande do Sul state on Friday. "But it works", the president added.

"First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday". It must have been those 20 days inside the house, we catch other things.

Following his coronavirus diagnosis and subsequent quarantine, which he previously described as "horrible", the Brazillian president admitted Thursday that he now has "mold" in his lungs. I was a bit weak yesterday. I have antibodies, no problems. "I have mold in my lungs", he said.

He announced that he tested negative on Saturday.

Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes wrote on Twitter that he tested positive after experiencing flu-like symptoms and headache.

The country registered record daily numbers of infections and deaths from the new coronavirus Wednesday, sending its overall death toll surging past 90,000 people.

President Bolsonaro (centre) has come under criticism for his handling of the coronavirus situation.

Meanwhile, most states have begun relaxing their stay-at-home measures, encouraged by the fact the number of infections finally appears to have reached a plateau.

On Jul. 10, reports said that local officials across Brazil are loosening isolation orders even as confirmed cases surge due to pressure from Bolsonaro.

Hydroxychloroquine is an anti-malarial drug that was dropped by health organizations after studies found it was ineffective in treating the virus alongside risky side effects.

In his Thursday address, the President also thanked God and hydroxychloroquine for his health.

Bolsonaro has hailed the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine as a remedy for Covid-19, despite numerous studies finding it has no benefit.

Michelle Bolsonaro, 38, "is in good health and will follow all established protocols", the president's office said.

'I think Bolsonaro invented his infection so he could do propaganda for this treatment, ' the former president (2003-2010) told a video news conference.

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