Bolsonaro Isolated after UN Visit

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro went into quarantine on Wednesday, September 22, after the United Nations meeting held in New York City where his health minister tested positive for COVID-19.

Brazil’s health agency, Anvisa, recommended the whole presidential entourage who attended the U.N. assembly to isolate themselves and undergo medical tests. Bolsonaro virtually attended his only meeting for Wednesday for safety precautions. 

The country’s health minister, Marcelo Queiroga, tested positive for COVID-19 after coming to New York with Bolsonaro to give a speech. The government said that the rest of the delegation has tested negative, and will be doing self-quarantine for 14 days.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the agency investigated its staff’s potential exposure to the virus and that contact tracing is currently underway. Dujarric said, “At present, no close contacts amongst U.N. staff have been identified.”

Bolsonaro was the only one in the Brazilian delegation who was not vaccinated. He was known to be skeptical against vaccines and believed that his antibody count from a bout with the virus can protect him better than getting immunized. 

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