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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to Jornal O Dia , a major Brazilian newspaper.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to Jornal O Dia , a major Brazilian newspaper.

Bolsonaro was tested for the coronavirus and is being monitored, the Brazilian newspaper Estado reported on Thursday , days after he sat next to US President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Bolsonaro’s communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, has tested positive for the virus, O Globo, a newspaper based in Rio de Janeiro, reported on Thursday .

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Trump and Bolsonaro were photographed sitting next to each other less than a week ago. The US president was photographed shaking Bolsonaro’s hand before dinner on Saturday.

Trump was also photographed standing next to Wajngarten 5 days before Wajngarten tested positive for the virus.

However, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement on Thursday saying Trump and Vice President Mike Pence do not need to be tested for the novel coronavirus because they had very little interaction with Wajngarten.

“The White House is aware of public reports that a member of the Brazilian delegation’s visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend tested positive for COVID-19; confirmatory testing is pending,” the statement said. “Exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps. Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”

Trump said this week that he “heard something about” Wajngarten having the coronavirus. “We had dinner together in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago, with the entire delegation,” Trump told McClatchy . “I don’t know if the press aide was there, if he was there, he was there. But we did nothing very unusual.”

“As stated before, the White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy,” Grisham’s statement said. “To reiterate CDC guidelines, there is currently no indication to test patients without symptoms, and only people with prolonged close exposure to confirmed positive cases should self-quarantine.”

“We are monitoring the situation closely and will update everyone as we get more information,” the statement added.

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