Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Quiroga tested positive for COVID-19 while he was in New York City to attend the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
In a statement on Twitter, Quiroga confirmed his positive COVID-19 diagnosis and said he would enter quarantine and follow all health and safety protocols.
Separately, the Brazilian government’s communications office said Quiroga would remain in quarantine in New York.
Brazil’s health ministry told media outlets that Quiroga is “doing well,” adding that the delegation accompanying Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly has tested negative for the virus.
Quiroga told CNN Brasil that he was wearing a mask when he attended the gathering at the United Nations building.
Bolsonaro, the first world leader to speak at the General Assembly on Tuesday, said he did not support the use of vaccine passports and stressed that Brazil’s efforts to vaccinate its citizens against the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus have been successful.
He said all adults who want the vaccine would be fully vaccinated by November.
Bolsonaro, who had previously recovered from COVID-19 last July and indicated he had taken the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine as part of an initial treatment for the virus, said his government was supportive of early treatment measures. does.
“We cannot understand why many countries, along with a large section of the media, took a stance against early treatment measures,” Bolsonaro said. “History and science will certainly be intelligent enough to hold everyone accountable.”
Brazil’s president praised his government’s handling of the pandemic, condemning the lockdown measures, saying Brazil had created about 1.8 million new job positions in the first seven months of 2021.
“I have always advocated that we should fight the virus and unemployment at the same time and with the same sense of responsibility,” he said.
Bolsonaro, who has not been vaccinated, was seen eating pizza with his ministers on a street in Manhattan on Sunday. A COVID-19 vaccine passport mandate has been in effect in the city since mid-August, which includes barring unvaccinated people from indoor restaurants.
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.
Lee Hai and Reuters contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times