Trump 'Not Concerned' After Contact with Brazilian Aide Infected with Wuhan Virus


"The White House is aware of public reports that a member of the Brazilian delegation. tested positive for COVID-19", Trump spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

This marks the first time that someone known to have the virus was in close proximity to the president.

The far-right leader's communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive for COVID-19 after last weekend's trip to the U.S. during which both men met with Trump at his Florida resort.

Wajngarten shared a personal photo of the Trump-Pence meeting on his Instagram page.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., has been among the group of Republicans who has been consistently referring to it as the "Chinese Coronavirus" in his statements, but not in the one announcing his own self-quarantine today.

Dr Thomas File, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, said that anyone within 5 feet of an infected individual for five minutes or more had potential exposure to the virus. Bolsonaro also cancelled a trip he had planned to make Thursday, after spending the past few days playing down the risks of the virus. Bolsonaro and Wajngarten later attended a birthday party for Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating the president's son Donald Trump Jnr.

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According to reports, Bolsonaro's communication secretary tested positive on Wednesday after showing flu-like symptoms. "However, he is not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease", Eduardo Bolsonaro, a lawmaker, wrote on Twitter.

Bolsonaro's aide posted an image of himself standing with Trump and US Vice President Mike Pence at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend.

"We had dinner in Florida at Mar-a-Lago with the entire delegation", Trump told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office. He's doing a terrific job in Brazil and we'll find out what happens, I guess they're being tested right now.

The President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, was tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus on Thursday, March 12th. He said, "we did nothing very unusual".

Mr Bolsanoro was due to reveal the results of his test on Friday, but a government source told Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Dia that the president had tested positive.

"We do need separation for a little period of time". Trump said that he hasn't shaken hands with Varadkar and his associates.