Brazil’s Minister of Citizenship Onyx Lorenzoni said he tested positive for Covid-19, in a Twitter post on Monday.
In a series of tweets, Lorenzoni wrote that he was tested after his symptoms started last Friday. He said he started the so-called “Covid-kit” treatment, a cocktail of drugs promoted by some medical doctors who back Brazilian president Jair 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.
About the drugs: The Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases (SBI), in a report published Friday, urged medical professionals to stop using hydroxychloroquine to treat coronavirus, because it has been proved ineffective and can cause collateral damage.
A week earlier, Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency which regulates pharmaceuticals, ANVISA, released a statement saying there is no conclusive proof that ivermectin is effective as Covid-19 treatment.
In addition to Bolsonaro, who tested positive on July 7, three other high-ranking government officials have previously tested positive.
After Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19, several of his close ministers were tested in the following days. None of them tested positive.
Lorenzoni did not have any official meetings with Bolsonaro in recent weeks.