Brazil's first lady tests positive for COVID-19

Brazil's first lady tests positive for COVID-19”

First lady of Brazil, Michelle Bolsonaro looks on during a ceremony at the Planalto Palace, amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil, April 7, 2020. The first lady tested positive for COVID-19, according to an official statement released Thursday, July 30.

Brazil's first lady has tested positive for coronavirus just days after her husband President Jair Bolsonaro tested negative, having spent two weeks in isolation with the virus. "She is in good health and will follow all established protocols", the statement said.

After this week's spikes, the country has recorded more than 2.5million coronavirus cases and 90,383 deaths, according to official statistics.

Despite those sobering numbers, the Bolsonaro government announced it is lifting its global air travel ban on foreign tourists, which had stood for four months. His wife announced she had the disease on Thursday.

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

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"After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I guess I got moldy lungs". "Now I'm on antibiotics", Mr. Bolsonaro said in a livestream video, without elaborating on the infection. The presidency's press office said in a statement later that Michelle Bolsonaro, 38, also tested positive.

In his first public event since his illness, he greeted a crowd of supporters in the northeastern state of Piaui Thursday, removing his face mask to loud cheers.

Science and technology minister Marcos Pontes also announced on Twitter that he tested positive after experiencing flu-like symptoms and headache.

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