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Brazilian president tests for coronavirus

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his delegation accompanying him during a trip to the US on Thursday tested for a new coronavirus after a high-ranking official in his administration confirmed the infection. This was reported by the portal G1.

According to the portal, in addition to the head of state, who turns 65 on March 21, his 37-year-old wife Michel, as well as one of his sons, federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, are checking for coronavirus. The ministers of defense – Fernando Azevedo-i-Silva, and the state security – Augusta Helen also tested. The Foreign Minister of Brazil Ernest Araujo, who has not yet returned from a trip to the United States, will also be checked for infection and sent to quarantine for 14 days, the portal said.

The results will be ready on Friday, March 13th. Until then, it was recommended that the head of state not leave the official residence.

On the eve, it became known that the head of the press service, Bolsonar Fabio Weingarten, who was part of the delegation, who returned from Miami on Wednesday night, showed symptoms of a respiratory disease, which was later found to be caused by coronavirus. It was also reported that during the trip he was next to the president and had direct contact with him. In addition, last Saturday, the official posted on his Instagram photo in which he stands next to US President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence.

The first case of coronavirus infection in Brazil was confirmed on February 26, the day after the end of the main carnival holidays, accompanied by mass festivities. According to the Ministry of Health, so far the number of infected has exceeded 70 cases in eight states and the metropolitan Federal District, five of the cases are in medical facilities, and the rest are in quarantine at home. About 900 people are monitored as “possible carriers of the virus.”

On Tuesday, Bolsonaru doubted the true extent of the problem of the new coronavirus. In his opinion, the media is unnecessarily escalating the situation.

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