Brazil: 4 members of President Jair Bolsonaro's delegation test positive for COVID-19, 2 attended UNGA

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, September 27, 2021, 05:59 PM IST
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Several members of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 days after the President addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last week.

Brazil’s health minister Marcelo Queiroga had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 24 hours after meeting a maskless Boris Johnson in New York.

"I communicate to everyone that today I tested positive for Covid-19. I will be quarantined following all health safety protocols. Meanwhile, the @minsaude will remain firm in its actions to fight the pandemic in Brazil. let's win this," the minister said in a tweet. Following the news, Brazil decided to abort its participation in the UN general assembly.

Bolsonaro has time and again defended his stance on being unvaccinated and that getting jabbed is a personal medical choice.

According to The Guardian, the health minister Queiroga, who was reportedly staying at the same hotel as the US president, Joe Biden, was at the UN headquarters for the opening session of its general assembly. He reportedly took part in meetings with the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, and Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda.

With this, Brazil's agriculture minister Tereza Cristina and President Bolsonaro's son has also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Apart from the two ministers, Solicitor General Bruno Bianco and Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro also confirmed their diagnoses via social media or press representatives.

Following the cancellation of the trip, the Brazilian president has been isolating in Brasilia since Wednesday and said that he knew two vaccinated people in Brasilia who had contracted the virus recently, without naming them.

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