By Gabriel Araujo and Pedro Fonseca
SAO PAULO / RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina and President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo announced on Friday that they had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of close associates of the president recently diagnosed with the virus.
The news comes three days after Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga announced he tested positive during a trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Queiroga remained in the United States under quarantine.
Eduardo Bolsonaro, who is a member of Congress, was part of his father’s delegation to New York. He tweeted that he had tested positive for COVID-19, adding that he had been vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Cristina, who was not part of the delegation that visited New York, received her diagnosis a week after meeting with G20 ministers in Italy.
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“I have tested positive for # Covid19. I am fine. I have canceled all my in-person meetings and will remain isolated during the period of medical orientation,” the agriculture minister said in a Twitter message. Cristina has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
President Bolsonaro, a vaccine skeptic who claims not to have shot himself, said in his weekly live broadcast on Thursday that he knew two people vaccinated in Brasilia who had recently contracted the virus, without name them.
“Today I learned that two well-known people here in Brasilia have contracted the virus. I spoke to both of them on the phone,” said the far-right president, in isolation since returning from New York. . York due to Queiroga’s diagnosis.
(Additional reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu in Brasilia; editing by Philippa Fletcher, Jason Neely and Mark Porter)
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