The communications secretary to Brazilian president has tested positive for coronavirus just days after he met Donald Trump in the US
Jair Bolsonaro’s and Trump dined together at Mar-a-Lago in Florida last Saturday night and Bolsonaro and ministers who were on the trip are reportedly under observation.
The news was revealed by Fabio Wajngarten’s wife Sophie on a WhatsApp group of parents at the school their children attend, the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper reported on Thursday.
“My husband returned from the trip to Miami yesterday and did the Covid exam which was positive,” she wrote, referring to the novel strain of coronavirus involved in the current outbreak, Covid-19.
She added that he is “taking all care at home and since his return he has been isolated in a room, following all the quarantine protocol.”
Wajngarten had attacked Brazilian media yesterday after reports he had been tested for the virus. “I’m well,” he tweeted.
During the US trip Wajngarten shared a photo of himself, Trump, US vice-president Mike Pence and Brazilian TV presenter Alvaro Garnero on his Instagram.
On Wednesday Bolsonaro once again downplayed the coronavirus crisis. “Other flues kill more than this,” he said. He has also called it “oversized”.