Brazil's 1st lady infected with COVID-19

People wearing face masks shop in Brasilia Brazil

Brazil's first lady and a fifth member of President Jair Bolsonaro's Cabinet Minister Marcos Pontes have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, confirmed officials on Thursday (July 30). I was a bit weak yesterday. "Now I'm on antibiotics", Bolsonaro said in a livestream video. It must have been those 20 days inside the house, we catch other things. I have mold in my lungs, ' he said, referring to almost three weeks he spent at the official presidential residence. On July 7 he informed that the test was positive.

The presidency's press office later said in a statement that the president's wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, also tested positive and appears to be in good health.

Despite the surge in infections among those closest to him - Bolsonaro says he will go ahead with a visit to Rio Grand do Sul, Brazil's southernmost state, on Friday (July 31).

Their infections are a palpable sign of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, which set fresh daily records on Wednesday for new COVID-19 cases and related fatalities.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the death toll from the coronavirus topped 150,000, maintaining the country's number one position on the global COVID-19 hierarchy. "She is in a state of good health and will follow all established protocols", the government said.


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

"I would like to first thank God, and second the medication I was given, hydroxychloroquine", he said in his weekly Facebook live address.

He then spent his confinement in the presidential palace for more than two weeks.

Under the measure, Brazil will require foreign visitors staying for 90 days or less to have health insurance covering them in the country before they travel.

She joined President Bolsonaro in capital Brasilia on Wednesday when he participated in his first public event since recovery, to recognize rural women workers.

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