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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro to be tested again for coronavirus

The test will be done early next week in order to rule out any chance the president has the virus

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Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Wikipedia
Bolsonaro said earlier in the day that he had tested negative for coronavirus, in a post on his Facebook page.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who met with Donald Trump in the United States less than a week ago, will be retested for following a negative test on Friday, Brazil’s Estado de S.Paulo newspaper reported.

The test will be done early next week in order to rule out any chance the president has the virus, the newspaper said, without naming the source of the information. A representative for Bolsonaro’s press office declined to comment.

Bolsonaro and a large Brazilian entourage, including cabinet ministers, met with Trump and other senior U.S. officials last weekend at Mar-a-Lago. One of the party, Bolsonaro’s communications secretary Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and is in quarantine at his home.

Charge d’Affairs Nestor Forster Jr. at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, who was also present at the Trump dinner, has also now tested positive, GloboNews television channel reported late on Friday.

Bolsonaro said earlier in the day that he had tested negative for coronavirus, in a post on his Facebook page.

“Tests negative for COVID-19 Mr President of the Republic Jair Bolsonaro,” the post said, above an old image of Bolsonaro making an obscene local gesture in an apparent response to some media reports that a first test had been positive.

Estado de S.Paulo said Bolsonaro would remain isolated in quarantine at his official residence until the beginning of next week, citing an unnamed member of the president’s medical staff who said Bolsonaro needed to be isolated for seven days from the time of being in contact with someone infected with the virus.

Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo tweeted earlier on Friday that his test had come back negative. Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva tested negative as well, the ministry said in a statement.

First Published: Sat, March 14 2020. 23:02 IST
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