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Brazil communications secretary, who met Trump, tests positive for coronavirus: Estado de S.Paulo

Brazil’s Chief of the Secretariat of Social Communication (SECOM) Fabio Wajngarten looks on during a ceremony with country… ADRIANO MACHADO March 12, 2020 09:00pm IST

SAO PAULO – A Brazilian government official who attended an official meeting at Donald Trump’s resort in Florida on Saturday and posted a photo of himself standing next to the U.S. president has tested positive for coronavirus, the Estado de S.Paulo newspaper said on Thursday.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, is awaiting the results of a second confirmation test, according to the report.

Brazil’s presidency did not respond to a request for comment.

Asked by Reuters before Estado reported the positive test, Brazil’s Health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, said Bolsonaro would be monitored if Wajngarten tested positively.

In the photo posted on his Instagram account, Wajngarten is standing next to Trump wearing a “Make Brazil great again” cap. Vice President Mike Pence was next to Trump.

Reuters

March 12, 2020

Reporting by Gabriela Mello in Sao Paulo; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Matthew LewisOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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