Brazil’s Minister of Health Positive for COVID-19 After Attending the UN General Assembly

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 a few hours after accompanying President Jair Bolsonaro to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. This was confirmed by the Brazilian Government in a press statement.

Since Queiroga tested positive for COVID-19 in New York, America, he will be undergoing his quarantine period there. He is said to be in stable condition.

“He is in good condition. Meanwhile, the other Brazilian delegation has tested negative for COVID-19,” said the Brazilian government, Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Queiroga, in a press statement, emphasized that he followed health protocols while following the agenda of the UN General Assembly. This includes continuing to wear masks when participating in activities at the UN building.

Previously, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro refused to be vaccinated before following the General Assembly agenda recommended by the United Nations. He thought he would be fine without the vaccine.

Bolsonaro has been consistent with his stance when reading his speech at the UN General Assembly. He said his government would not support the use of vaccine passports and would continue to use untested drugs such as the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine. Even so, he ensured that the vaccination campaign in Brazil would continue.

Bolsonaro’s target is that all adults who wish to be vaccinated will be fully vaccinated this November. He is optimistic that everything will go smoothly, claiming his vaccination campaign is going well.

For the record, a total of two people from the Brazilian delegation have tested positive for COVID-19. Before Minister of Health Queiroga, the first figure who tested positive for COVID-19 was a young diplomat who was preparing for Bolsonaro’s visit to New York. The young diplomat is also undergoing quarantine.

As per this news, COVID-19 has killed 591,440 Brazilians, which is the second largest number after America.

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