Wed, 19 May 2021

BRASILIA, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian Minister of Health General Eduardo Pazuello tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday and will remain isolated at his residence, local press confirmed.

Pazuello, 57, was appointed as health minister in September after four months as interim minister.

With this positive test result for COVID-19, the minister joins a growing list of high-level Brazilian officials who have contracted the virus, including President Jair Bolsonaro and first lady Michelle Bolsonaro.

The Secretary of Government Luiz Eduardo Ramos announced earlier in the week that he had recovered from the disease, and returned to work on Tuesday.

Other members of the Brazilian cabinet who have contracted COVID-19 are Augusto Heleno (Office of Institutional Security), Bento Albuquerque (Mines and Energy), Milton Ribeiro (Education), and Onyx Lorenzoni (Citizenship), among others.

More Brazil News

Access More

Sign up for Rio de Janeiro News

a daily newsletter full of things to discuss over drinks.and the great thing is that it's on the house!