FILE SHEET: The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, gestures in front of a ceremony to lower the national flag for the night, amid an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Palau de l’Alvorada of Brasília, Brazil, July 24, 2020. REUTERS / Adriano Machado
BRAZIL (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he was taking antibiotics for an infection that left him feeling weak, crashing into an online video about “mold” in his lungs, after spending weeks isolated afterwards of catching the new coronavirus.
“I just had a blood test. Yesterday I felt a little weak. They also found some infection. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro said in a real-time video, without explaining himself about the infection.
“After 20 days inside, I have other problems. I have mold in my lungs,” he said, referring to nearly three weeks he spent at the official presidential residence. He tested positive for coronavirus on July 7 and then tested negative last Saturday.
His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, tested positive on Thursday, according to a statement from the presidential palace. The Minister of Science and Technology, Marcos Pontes, also said that he has tested positive for the virus, making him the fifth publicly diagnosed cabinet minister.
Bolsonaro said he would move forward with his visit to the state of Rio Grande do Sul on Friday.
Report by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Jake Spring; Edited by Brad Haynes and Grant McCool