Presidential election in Brazil: favorite Lula isolated after testing positive for COVID-19

Brazilian presidential frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been isolated with his young wife Janja after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to a diagnosis issued by his doctor Roberto Kalil, Lula and his wife have mild symptoms and have been quarantined.

While pollster Datafolha found 48% of voters supported him, recent polls show Lula has increased his advantage over far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

Sociologist Rosangela da Silva, 55, known as Janja, married Lula, a 76-year-old widower, last month.

Lula, who was hugely popular during his tenure from 2003 to 2010, may make a remarkable political comeback after being jailed on controversial corruption charges.

Brazil, struggling due to poor economic performance and chaotic handling of Covid-19 by Bolsonaro, is seeking change.

The poll shows that Brazil’s continuing economic difficulties could “play in Lula’s favor”, according to political analyst Creomar de Souza.

For the survey, 2,556 people were interviewed between May 25 and May 26 in 181 Brazilian cities and predicted that Lula would win with 58% of the vote in the October elections.

(With agency contributions)

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