Covid-19: Brazil vice-president tests positive

Rio De Janeiro - Hamilton Mourão will isolate in Jaburu, his official residence

By Reuters

Published: Mon 28 Dec 2020, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Mon 28 Dec 2020, 9:54 AM

Brazil’s vice president, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Sunday, when the country registered 344 new COVID-19 deaths.

Hamilton Mourão, President Jair Bolsonaro’s deputy, is the latest in a long line of senior Brazilian officials to contract the virus. Bolsonaro, a prominent coronavirus sceptic, was infected in July, and recovered.

In a statement, Mourão’s office said he tested positive on Sunday afternoon, and that he will isolate in Jaburu, his official residence.

Separately, Brazil’s health ministry on Sunday reported that Brazil registered 344 new Covid-19 deaths, and 18,479 fresh coronavirus cases.

Brazil now has nearly 7.5 million confirmed cases, and a total of 191,139 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began, according to the health ministry figures.


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