Brazilian president to re-test for coronavirus

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will have to retake tests for a new coronavirus. This was reported on Friday by the portal G1, citing the Minister of Health of the country Luiz Henrique Mandetta.

As the portal clarifies, we are talking about a second test, which, in accordance with the medical protocol, must be carried out a week after the first study, which showed a negative result. “If any symptoms appear, then even earlier,” the site quoted the minister as saying. Until that time, it was recommended that the head of state not leave the official residence – the palace of Alvorada.

On Wednesday, it became known that the head of the press service, Bolsonar Fabio Weingarten, who accompanied the president during a visit to the United States, 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 head of state and had direct contact with him, as well as with US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The official was quarantined, and Bolsonaro, who turns 65 on March 21, and members of his delegation, including ministers of defense, state security and energy, were tested on coronavirus on Thursday. On Friday, results were ready that did not reveal their virus.

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. To date, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 98 cases, although local authorities previously counted more than 150 people.

Five of the sick are in medical facilities, and the rest are in quarantine at home. About 1.5 thousand people are monitored as “possible carriers of the virus”, more than 1.3 thousand samples gave a negative result.

An outbreak caused by the new coronavirus disease was recorded at the end of December 2019 in Central China. On March 11, the World Health Organization recognized it as a pandemic.


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