Brazil health minister tests positive for COVID-19 at UN General Assembly

Brazil health minister tests positive for COVID-19 at UN General Assembly
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Brazil’s health minister on Tuesday tested positive for the coronavirus while attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Marcelo Queiroga announced his positive test hours after arriving at the General Assembly, saying he will stay in the U.S. to quarantine. 

I communicate to everyone that today I tested positive for #Covid19. I will be quarantined in #EUA , following all health safety protocols,” Queiroga said in a tweet translated into English.


“Meanwhile, the @minsaude will remain firm in the actions to fight the pandemic in Brazil. Let's win this,” he added.

Queiroga said he wore a mask the whole time he was in the building, The Washington Post reported. He also reportedly shook hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who later met with President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE

The health minister has received at least one shot of the coronavirus vaccine, contrasting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who supposedly broke U.N. rules by entering the building unvaccinated.

Bolsonaro has bragged about not getting vaccinated before, and the U.N. is going by the honor system to let people in. 

In Bolsonaro’s speech, he emphasized “early treatment” for the coronavirus and railed against vaccine mandates, according to the Post. 

Another tweet shows Bolsonaro, Queiroga and others on the streets of New York City before Queiroga received his positive test. 

He is the second person from Bolsonaro’s delegation to test positive for the virus in the U.S., with Bloomberg reporting one diplomat tested positive shortly after arriving in the city.