More on Brazil’s health minister Marcelo Queiroga testing positive for coronavirus in New York (see 06:25) from Tom Phillips, the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent:

Twenty four hours after meeting with a mask-less Boris Johnson in New York, Brazil’s health minister has announced he has tested positive for Covid and gone into isolation.

Marcelo Queiroga, who sat close to Johnson and the foreign secretary Liz Truss on Monday during their meeting with Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, confirmed his positive test on Twitter alongside a picture of himself wearing a mask.

Queiroga, 55, was filmed shaking hands with Johnson and patting the prime minister on the arm during Monday’s meeting at the consulate general’s house in New York.

Despite Bolsonaro publicly claiming not to have been vaccinated against Covid, Johnson and other members of the British delegation were not wearing masks, although Queiroga was.

Raquel Krähenbühl
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Brazilian Health Minister – who tested positive for Covid – was staying at the same hotel as President Biden in NYC.

He went to the UN today to watch President Bolsonaro’s speech.

Here, he shakes hands with Prime Minister Boris Jonhson- who met Biden today at the White House. pic.twitter.com/CSxdBuTIfY


September 22, 2021

Hours later Queiroga was caught on camera making obscene hand gestures to Brazilian protesters who had taken to the streets to denounce Bolsonaro’s anti-scientific handling of a Covid outbreak that has killed nearly 600,000 Brazilians.

Brazil has reportedly cancelled its participation in the UN general assembly after Queiroga’s positive test – the second Covid case detected in the South American country’s delegation in recent days.




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