Brazilian Vice-President Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Brazilian government announces on Sunday night that Vice President Hamilton Mourao tested positive for COVID-19 after two days with mild symptoms.

The Brazilian government announced on Sunday night that Vice President Hamilton Mourao tested positive for COVID-19 after two days with mild symptoms.

In a statement, the Vice Presidency office said that Mourao “is in good shape” and pointed out he will remain in isolation at his official vice-presidential residence, from which he will perform his day-to-day duties.

Separately, Brazil’s health ministry reported that the country registered 344 new COVID-19 deaths and 18,479 fresh COVID-19 cases. 

According to health ministry figures, Brazil now has almost 8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and a total of 191,139 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began.

Mourao, who is President Jair Bolsonaro’s deputy, is the latest in a long line of senior Brazilian officials to contract the COVID-19. The conservative leader, who is a prominent COVID-19 skeptic, was infected in July and has downplayed the pandemic in numerous opportunities, calling it “a little flu.”


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