Sep 22, 2021 - Health

Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID during UN summit in N.Y.

 President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (L) applauds Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga ( in Brasilia, Brazil, in May. Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga in Brasilia, Brazil, in May. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga has tested positive for COVID-19 while in New York City for the UN General Assembly (UNGA), he confirmed Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Hours earlier, Queirog had accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the UNGA. The Biden administration expressed concern last week that the gathering of world leaders could become a coronavirus "superspreader event."

Details: Queiroga tweeted that he's entering quarantine and would follow all health protocols.

  • Brazil's health ministry said in a statement to news outlets that the "minister is doing well" and that the other Brazilian delegates at the UN gathering had tested negative for the virus.
  • Queiroga told CNN Brazil that he wore a mask when he attended UN meetings.

Of note: Bolsonaro, who's repeatedly railed against pandemic measures and has been fined by São Paulo's state government for not wearing a mask, tweeted video of himself without a face covering as he greeted supporters in New York.

  • Queiroga posted a photo to Twitter of a meeting he attended Monday with Bolsonaro, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other delegates. Queiroga was wearing a mask in the photo.

Flashback: Brazil's Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Queiroga's meeting on Monday.

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