Marcelo Queiroga, Brazil's health minister tests positive for Covid at UN General Assembly

Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for Covid-19 hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The Brazilian government made the announcement on Tuesday night September 21. 

Queiroga will remain in New York in quarantine, the government’s communications office said.

“The minister is doing well,” the statement said. It added that the rest of the delegation tested negative for the virus.

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.

“The other members of the delegation have been tested and are negative,” an official Brazilian government press release read.

Last week, Marcelo Queiroga discloses his condition of vaccination earlier this year with the Chinese-developed Sinovac vaccine,

but did not clarify when he received the shot.

Bolsonaro contracts Covid-19 in July 2020, he also does not want vaccine while he continues to push unproven

treatments for the deadly disease.

His unvaccinated status also created hurdles in New York, where restaurants require that patrons show proof of inoculation for indoor seating. On Sunday, one of Mr. Bolsonaro’s ministers posted a photo on Twitter of the president eating pizza while standing on the street alongside several top aides — including Mr. Queiroga.

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