Brazil vice president tests positive for coronavirus; 344 new deaths recorded

Reuters

Posted at Dec 28 2020 09:49 AM

Brazil vice president tests positive for coronavirus; 344 new deaths recorded 1
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro talks with Brazil's Vice President Hamilton Mourao during the Thanksgiving ceremony, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Dec. 16, 2020. Ueslei Marcelino, Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA - Hamilton Mourão, Brazil's vice president, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Sunday, when the country registered 344 new COVID-19 deaths.

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 skeptic, was infected in July, and recovered.

In a statement, Mourão's office said he tested positive on Sunday afternoon, and that he would 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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