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Brazil’s president quarantines after member of his delegation catches COVID

23/09/2021 11:48 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 23  -- Brazil’s president self-quarantined upon returning home Wednesday after a member of his delegation to the UN General Assembly tested positive for COVID-19.

The move came after the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA), the country's health authority, requested that Jair Bolsonaro and the rest of his delegation go into isolation after Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga announced Tuesday on Twitter that he had tested positive for the virus during the Brazilian leader’s trip to New York for the annual gathering of world leaders.

According to Anadolu Agency (AA), a statement issued by the official residence of the president, Palácio do Planalto, said the delegation will remain in quarantine for five days, after which PCR tests will be requested.

Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 a day before his expected return from the US to Brazil and had to go into quarantine at a hotel in New York and delayed his return.

A young diplomat who was part of a team preparing Bolsonaro's visit also tested positive for COVID-19 on the weekend and was isolated.




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