Two Brazilian ministers test positive for COVID-19

2020-07-21 08:37:23Xinhua Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download
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A sign reading "mandatory" is displayed to remind people to wear face masks in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

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Two members of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet said they had contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday.

Minister of Education Milton Ribeiro and Minister of Citizenship Onyx Lorenzoni announced that their tests came back positive. They began treatment immediately and would continue to work from home.

Bolsonaro was diagnosed with COVID-19 ten days ago and has been convalescing at his official residence in the capital Brasilia, with no complications.

Lorenzoni said via Twitter that he felt the first symptoms on Thursday and began taking medication on Friday, the same day he took the test, including azithromycin, invermectin and chloroquine.

"I already feel the positive effects," Lorenzoni said.

So far, four cabinet members have tested positive, in addition to other officials.

The minister of mines and energy, Bento Albuquerque, and minister of institutional security, Gen. Augusto Heleno, who earlier tested positive, recovered quickly.

Brazil has the world's second-largest COVID-19 outbreak after the United States, with about 2.1 million cases of infection and 80,000 deaths.


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