Photo of the Alan Santos / Planalto Palace
First Brazilian woman Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, according to the office of President Jair Bolsonaro, days after her husband said she recovered from the disease.
“She is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” Planalto Palace, the president’s official residence, said in a short notice to the media.
The first woman is being cared for by a presidential medical team, the Planalto Palace added.
Just 24 hours ago, Michelle Bolsonaro attended a public event in Brazil with her husband, wearing a mask as she commented on a rights initiative for women in rural and indigenous communities.
Brazil is now reporting more than 2.5 million cases of coronavirus ̵1; the second only to the United States, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. COVID-19 has killed more than 90,000 people in Brazil.
“Every day [death] the number rose above Wednesday’s 1,500 – spike officials stuck on the delayed data, “reports Philip Reeves from NPR’s in Rio de Janeiro.” There were also 69,000 new infections, a record. “
Despite those serious numbers, the Bolsonaro government has announced that it is lifting its four-month international air travel ban on foreign tourists. Visitors can stay up to 90 days and must have “medical insurance coverage for the duration of their stay,” according to a bulletin posted Thursday by the International Air Transport Association.
The president of Brazil was one of the world’s strongest skeptics about the coronavirus, saying the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is “exaggerated.” He strongly criticized any local or state official who imposed restrictions.
Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month after weeks of steady threat reduction. Speaking to reporters about his diagnosis, he backed them and removed his face mask – an act that forced a group of journalists to file a lawsuit against him.
Days before it turned out positive, Bolsonaro signed a national face mask mandate requiring protective masks in both public and private spaces due to the pandemic.