Brazil’s first lady, 5th Cabinet minister get COVID

Brazil’s first lady and a fifth member of President Jair Bolsonaro’s Cabinet have tested positive for COVID-19.

Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro wears a protective mask during an event at the presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
(Photo: AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Michelle Bolsonaro was confirmed to have the virus, which her husband only recovered from last week, by the president’s press office.

The 38-year-old is said to be in good health but will follow the country’s established coronavirus protocols, the office’s statement said.

Further, Science and Technology Minister, Marcos Pontes, today announced he had contracted the virus on his Twitter page. Pontes said he was experiencing flu-like symptoms and headache when test was done and returned positive.

Shoppers wearing face masks walk in a crowded street in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 17.

President Bolsonaro informed the press that he tested positive for COVID-19 on July 7 after weeks of downplaying its impact and being seen in public without a mask and greeting people.

Pontes’ COVID-q9 confirmation follows that of Citizenship Minister Onyx Lorenzoni and Education Minister Milton Ribeiro last week. Two other Cabinet members had tested positive for the virus in March.