The tweet reads, "A mask is being used by Lula on medical advice. But do not worry, everything is fine with the president. The objective is to protect himself from respiratory diseases until he undergoes hip surgery, which is scheduled for next Friday (29), in Brasília (DF)."
The president has said publicly on several occasions that he feels pain in his hip as a result of a problem in the head of the femur.
In an interview with news channel Brasil 247, the Minister of Social Communication, Paulo Pimenta said that Lula will require six to eight weeks of recovery. He said that the surgery is "relatively simple" and requires a good recovery, including "not traveling by plane, for example, for fear of embolism or thrombosis."
During his recovery, the Brazilian president will work at the Alvorada Palace, the presidential residence in Brasília, and will follow an online agenda to continue with his duties as head of state.