Covid-19: Two ministers of Brazil tests positive in a day

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stands in front of the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, where he has been in quarantine since testing positive for coronavirus. Photo: BBC

Brasilia, Brazil — Along with the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro and three other high-ranking government officials, two ministers of Brazil have tested positive for the virus over a day.

Hours before the Eduction Minister, Milton Ribeiro had revealed that he had tested positive for the virus, Brazil’s Minister of Citizenship Onyx Lorenzoni had also announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Lorenzoni wrote in a serious of tweets that after he had shown symptoms on Friday he was tested tested for the virus. He then said that he had started the so-called “Covid kit” treatment, a cocktail of drugs promoted by some medical doctors who back Bolsonaro’s claim that it’s an effective treatment in the early stages of the novel coronavirus.

“I have been following the azithromycin, ivermectin, and chloroquine protocol since Friday and I already feel the positive effects,” Lorenzoni wrote on his Twitter account.

The Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases (SBI) urged medical professionals on Friday to stop using hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus as it has been proved ineffective and can cause collateral damage.

The Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency ANVISA which regulates pharmaceuticals, had also stated that there is no conclusive proof that ivermectin is effective as Covid-19 treatment.

The other minister, Ribeiro tweeted on Monday: “I’ve just received a positive Covid-19 result this morning. I am already medicated, and I’ll work remotely,” but gave no further details about which medication he is taking.

Brazil is country the second worst affected country in the world, with over two million confirmed cases and almost 80,000 deaths, second to Unites States.