Brazil’s health minister announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID19. The announcement came just a day after his meeting with the exposed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Brazilian diplomats were urged to avoid the UN headquarters on Wednesday, Brazilian media reported.
Brazil Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga tweeted Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID19 just a day after meeting with exposed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other British officials. During Monday’s session at the Consulate General’s house on the occasion of the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, Queiroga was filmed by Brazilian journalist Raquel Krähenbühl shaking hands with Johnson, who later met President Joe Biden Tuesday.
“I am being quarantined in #EUA with all health security protocols followed. In the meantime, the [Brazilian Ministry of Health] will remain firm on action to fight the pandemic in Brazil. We’ll win this, ”Queiroga wrote in his tweet after announcing his positive test. Queiroga, who was vaccinated against COVID19 in January, also attended meetings with UN Secretary General António Guterres and Polish President Andrzej Duda, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health did not immediately respond to an inside query for comment. The Queiroga vaccination was touted on Twitter and contrasts sharply with other Brazilian officials who, according to the report, have been more cautious, such as senior official Luiz Eduardo Ramos, who reportedly fled to a mall to get vaccinated.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he refuses to be vaccinated against COVID19 and pledged to disregard New York’s restrictions on unvaccinated meals for guests from eating indoors. Restaurants before the General Assembly. Bolsonaro is the only G20 leader who has not publicly disclosed his vaccination. Brazilian news site Metropoles reported Tuesday that the country’s diplomats were ordered to avoid UN headquarters on Wednesday.