Brazillian president Jair Bolsonaro still 'weak' after coronavirus recovery

Brazillian president Jair Bolsonaro still 'weak' after coronavirus recovery

Brazilian first lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, according to the office of President Jair Bolsonaro, days after her husband said he had recovered from the disease. He wrote, "I am fine, just a few symptoms of a cold and headache". I was a bit weak yesterday. They found a little infection too.

Mr Bolsonaro added: "After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs", he said.

Bolsonaro made the announcement after undergoing a new test: "RT-PCR for Sars-Cov 2: negative".

Brazil's science and technology minister, Marcos Pontes, announced on Thursday that his test had come back positive.

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).

The latest figures show that Brazil saw 57,837 new coronavirus cases recorded on July 30, along with 1,129 deaths. The far-right leader has dismissed the virus as a "little flu" and attacked lockdown measures by state and local authorities to contain it, arguing the economic fallout could be worse than the disease.

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Now, Brazil is the country with the second-highest number of infections and deaths in the world, after the United States. "She is in a state of good health and will follow all established protocols", the government said.

"In the Northeast, people's incomes are lower than the national average, so its residents are more susceptible to that (the benefit)" Lavareda said by phone.

President Bolsonaro told reporters on July 7 he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus and was then confined to the presidential palace in capital Brasilia for more than two weeks.

She was last spotted on Wednesday where she accompanied the president to a public event to talk about an initiative for women in rural areas and indigenous communities.

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