Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that he has ‘mold’ in his lungs and was taking antibiotics that has left him feeling weak.
Bolsonaro has spent weeks in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus
“I just did a blood test. I was feeling kind of weak yesterday. They found a bit of infection also. Now I’m on antibiotics,” Bolsonaro said in a livestream video, without elaborating on the infection.
“After 20 days indoors, 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 the coronavirus on July 7 and then negative last Saturday.
His wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, tested positive on Thursday, according to a statement from the presidential palace. Science and Technology Minister Marcos Pontes also said he had tested positive for the virus, making him the fifth cabinet minister diagnosed publicly.
Brazil is second only to the United States in numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths. But Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus for months according to CNN, and often appears in public and at rallies without a face mask, even hugging supporters.
The President made an appearance on horseback Thursday during a visit to Piaui State, where he was greeted by supporters, some of whom were not wearing masks.