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Brazil’s health minister, at UN meeting with Bolsonaro, tests covid positive

Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Quiroga tested positive for COVID-19.

Brasilia:

Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Quiroga tested positive for COVID-19 with President Jair Bolsonaro at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the government said.

The government’s communications office said Quiroga would remain in quarantine in New York.

“The minister is doing well,” the statement said. It added that the rest of the delegation tested negative for the virus.

Quiroga told CNN Brasil that he wore a mask the entire time he was in the United Nations building.

Bolsonaro, a vaccine skeptic, defied United Nations rules requiring everyone who attended the gathering to be vaccinated. He has bragged for not getting vaccinated.

In his speech to world leaders at a meeting where the global coronavirus pandemic was at the top of the agenda, Bolsonaro said his government does not support the use of a vaccine passport and plans to treat the virus with unproven drugs such as the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine. standing together. .

He said Brazil’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19 has been successful and that all adults who want the vaccine will be fully vaccinated by November.

Bolsonaro and his crew ate pizza on the sidewalk on their first night in the city on Sunday, alongside unvaccinated eaters in a New York restaurant.

The health minister was the second member of the Brazilian delegation in New York to have tested positive. A young diplomat, who was part of an advance team preparing for Bolsonaro’s visit, tested positive over the weekend and was placed in isolation.

COVID-19 has killed 591,440 Brazilians in the world’s second deadliest outbreak after the United States.

As vaccination progresses in the country, the rolling 14-day average of COVID deaths has come down to 519, compared to about 3,000 at the peak of the pandemic in April.

On a trip to the United States last year to meet with former US President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate, 22 members of Bolsonaro’s delegation caught the coronavirus in the worst case of transmission in a government that ignored precautions. done.

Bolsonaro, who considers Trump a political role model, has resisted lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and rarely uses a mask.

(This story has not been edited by NB staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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