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Spokesman for Brazilian President Bolsonaro got infected

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s spokesperson is infected with the corona virus. A statement revealed that Otavio do Rego Barros tested positive for the COVID virus.

The spokesman is now quarantined in his home and has no symptoms of Covid-19 disease, the statement said. His staff is also at home, pending test results.

Brazilian President Bolsonaro has repeatedly called the disease “the flu” in recent weeks and believes that stringent measures against its spread could be disastrous for the economy. In Brazil, the number of corona infections is now more than 125,000. To date, more than 8,500 people have died of the lung virus. This makes it the hardest hit country in Latin America.

Brazil had more than ten thousand new infections with the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest number so far. The number of deaths was also higher at 615 than previously measured in one day. In addition, there are more than 100,000 tests of which the outcome has not yet been registered, which can lead to an even higher figure.

Health Minister Nelson Teich said local authorities can set a lockdown if the numbers don’t decrease. For example, a lockdown would have been advised for the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro.

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