Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo, and two members of his cabinet said on Friday that they had tested positive for COVID-19.
In like manner, four of close aides diagnosed since the far-right leader’s trip to the United Nations.
Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina tested positive for Covid-19, the second member of Bolsonaro’s cabinet to be diagnosed with the virus this week.
Cristina said on her Twitter account on Friday morning that she’s doing well and will remain in isolation, following medical advice.
Bom dia! Informo a todos que testei positivo para #Covid19. Estou bem. Cancelei meus compromissos presenciais e permanecerei em isolamento durante o período de orientação médica.
— Tereza Cristina (@TerezaCrisMS) September 24, 2021
The president himself is in isolation in Brasilia after his health chief Marcelo Queiroga tested positive in New York, where he was part of Brazil’s delegation to the United Nations. Eduardo, a lawmaker, was also with his father on the trip.
However, Cristina wasn’t part of the group that traveled to the U.S., according to her public schedule, which indicates that she met with leaders of several farming groups and other government officials over the past few days, including Infrastructure Minister Tarcisio Freitas.
On Thursday evening, the president said on social media two more people had tested positive. He declined to name them, but added that “everyone knows them” and that they both had been vaccinated.