22 Sep 2021, 10:10

Brazil's health minister tests positive for Covid-19 at UN gathering

   BRASILIA, Sept 22, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo
Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 Tuesday after attending the UN General
Assembly in New York that was inaugurated by his president, Jair Bolsonaro,
according to an official statement.

  "The other members of the delegation have been tested and are negative,"
said the official Brazilian government press release.

  Queiroga, who had received a Covid-19 vaccine, was the second member of
Bolsonaro's entourage to test positive for the virus since arriving in New
York for the UN gathering.

  The 55-year-old health minister will remain in the United States for a
period of isolation, even though the rest of the delegation has returned to

  Bolsonaro, who appeared without a mask on several occasions during the
trip, has not been not vaccinated and repeated that he would be "the last"
Brazilian to receive the vaccine.

  Queiroga was with Bolsonaro, who last year survived a bout of the virus, at
several events, including a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
on Monday.

  He was "doing well," the statement said. He wrote on Twitter that while
following "all health security protocols," the ministry "will continue to
take firm action to deal with the pandemic in Brazil."

  Bolsonaro caused a stir on social media after a photograph showed him
taking few precautions against contagion while around others in his
delegation, as he ate a slice of pizza from a New York street vendor.

  The health minister was the only one in the photo wearing a mask, but he
had pulled it down under his chin.

  Under fire for his controversial handling of the pandemic, which has
claimed more than 591,000 lives in Brazil, Bolsonaro opened the General
Assembly with a speech in which he made several misleading or inaccurate
statements, some of which related to the pandemic, according to AFP's
Factcheck team.

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