The Brazilian Embassy in the United States confirmed the diagnosis of Coronavirus infection by the Brazilian Chargé d’Affaires Nestor Forster, a third member of the delegation that met the US President, Donald Trump.
In a brief statement posted on its Twitter account, the embassy said, Forster “discovered this evening (Friday) that the results of his examination of COVID-19 are positive.”
The embassy added that Forster “will extend his isolation, which he previously entered as a precaution, for an additional two weeks in response to the advice of doctors.”
Brazil's Chargé d'Affaires Ambassador Nestor Forster has learned tonight that he has tested positive for Covid-19. Following medical advice, Amb. Forster will extend his self-quarantine, which he had already placed himself into as a precautionary measure, for another two weeks.
— Embassy of Brazil in the USA 🇧🇷 (@BrazilinUSA) March 14, 2020
Forster is thus the third official infected with Coronavirus in the Brazilian delegation that met last week in Florida, the US President, where this strain has previously been diagnosed with the Minister of Public Communications, Fabio Weingarten, and the Senator, Nilsenio Tradada.
On his part, Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, denied the validity of media reports about his infection with the Corona virus, but he is expected to undergo a new examination for the disease.
On Saturday morning, White House doctor Sean Conley confirmed that the US President met at least two people at the end of last week during a meeting with the Brazilian delegation who were later found to be infected with Corona virus, but he had not yet requested an examination.
In the meantime, Trump has confirmed that he will “likely” undergo a new coronavirus “COVID-19”, after several officials he met recently were diagnosed with the epidemic.
Trump stressed, during a press conference held in the White House garden on Friday, that there is no reason to put him under quarantine because he did not show any symptoms of infection, despite the disclosure of multiple direct and indirect contacts between him and confirmed cases of the virus, adding It will undergo a Coronavirus test “probably soon.”
The Associated Press quoted two people close to the White House as saying that Trump does not want to undergo a medical examination for fear that this would raise concern in the community and would be considered an “indication of his weakness,” while Trump seeks to pretend as if he is in full control of the situation.
Trump declared during the conference yesterday the state of emergency in the United States in light of the outbreak of the new Coronavirus across the country.