Donald Trump coronavirus fears: Brazilian official who met US president tests positive

Fábio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, met the US president at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last weekend as part of a Brazilian delegation.

He has since tested positive for coronavirus, Brazilian media is reporting.

Mr Wajngarten underwent a test for COVID-19 at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in Sao Paolo after returning to the country, where the test result was positive. 

He had travelled to the United States with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro earlier this week who is being closely monitored by medical teams.

The government officials met with Donald Trump and businessmen between between March 7 and 10 that included a dinner with the US president, vice president Mike Pence and his daughter Ivanka.

During the trip, Mr Wajngarten is believed to have had breakfast with Mr Bolsonaro in a private room, but the pair travelled in separate vehicles in the United States, Brazilian media reports.

Mr Bolsonaro has cancelled a scheduled trip to Rio Grande do Norte, a state in the northeastern tip of Brazil, and while the reason for the suspension remains unclear, media reports say it is over fears of his health amid the pandemic. 

The White House said on Monday that Mr Trump has not been tested for the coronavirus despite being in contact with multiple lawmakers in self-quarantine.

Following news of Mr Wajngarten, Mr Trump said he sees no reason to test himself. “I don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said.

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