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In New York for UN confab, Brazil’s health minister contracts COVID

Marcelo Quiroga photographed this week alongside unvaccinated Brazilian president Bolsonaro, who addressed General Assembly on Tuesday

Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga stands next to the mascot promoting the vaccination campaign as he gives shots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga stands next to the mascot promoting the vaccination campaign as he gives shots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s health minister tested positive for the coronavirus in New York after President Jair Bolsonaro spoke at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Brazil’s government said in a statement that Marcelo Quiroga was in good health and would remain in isolation in the United States. He got his first shot of coronavirus vaccine in January.

Other members of Brazil’s government in New York tested negative for the virus, the statement said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bolsonaro spoke at the General Assembly, flouting the requirement for all attendees to be vaccinated against the virus.

Ill last year with COVID-19, the disease that can be caused by the coronavirus, Bolsonaro has said several times over the last week that he remains unvaccinated. He said getting a shot is a personal, medical decision.

Queiroga was photographed side by side with Bolsonaro on several occasions this week. Tuesday morning he tweeted a picture with first lady Michele Bolsonaro.

Queiroga had breakfast Monday with several employees of investment funds in New York.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, center left, eats pizza on a New York sidewalk in a photo uploaded to social media on September 20, 2021. (Tourism Minister Gilson Machado/Instagram)

Bolsonaro ate pizza on the sidewalk in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly, likely because he doesn’t meet the city’s COVID-19 vaccine requirements for indoor dining. The Big Apple currently requires anyone wanting to eat inside to provide proof of at least one shot and Bolsonaro says he is not vaccinated.

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