Brazil's First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19
Brazil's Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes also tested COVID-19 positive, becoming the fifth minister in Bolsonaro's government to be diagnosed with the disease.
Brazil's First Lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, has tested positive for coronavirus just days after her husband President Jair Bolsonaro tested negative, having spent two weeks in isolation with the virus.
"First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols," a statement from the presidential office announced on Thursday.
Brazil's Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes, 57, also announced on Twitter that he tested positive after experiencing flu-like symptoms and headache. He is now in isolation and is the fifth minister in Bolsonaro's government to be diagnosed with the disease.
The President told reporters on July 7 that he had been diagnosed with coronavirus. The 65-year-old was then confined to the presidential palace in the capital, Brasilia, for more than two weeks. He was tested for the virus again on July 21, which showed that he had tested positive for the third time since falling ill.
On Saturday, Bolsonaro announced that he had tested negative for coronavirus.
'I HAVE MOULD IN MY LUNGS': JAIR BOLSONARO
But on Thursday, he said that he has "mould" in his lungs. Bolsonaro said he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, chuckling in an online video about the "mould".
"I just had a blood test, I was a little weak yesterday. I have a bit of an infection and I'm on antibiotics now. After 20 days indoors, I have other problems. I have mould in my lungs."
Last week, Citizenship Minister Onyx Lorenzoni and Education Minister Milton Ribeiro announced they had tested positive for coronavirus. In March, two other Cabinet members were infected.
Bolsonaro has faced severe criticism for downplaying the virus as "little flu" and attacking social distancing measures adopted by state and local authorities.
Brazil, which has the the second-largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, has seen record spikes in the number of new coronavirus cases this week. The country has recorded more than 2.5million coronavirus cases and 90,383 deaths, according to official statistics.
Brazil's figures are second only to the United States. But experts say under-testing means the real numbers are probably much higher.