According to the statement, Quiroga was part of Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential committee, which said he was “doing well.” So far, other members of the Brazilian delegation have tested negative for the virus.
Quiroga told Granthshala affiliate Granthshala Brasil on Tuesday that he would quarantine in New York for 14 days, and would not leave the United States with other members of his delegation. Quiroga said some delegation members have canceled their participation because of the risk of infecting members of other countries.
Cardiologist Quiroga is Brazil’s fourth health minister since the coronavirus pandemic began. He was appointed earlier this year.
Granthshala Brasil was the first to report on the minister’s condition prior to the release of the president’s statement.
A spokesman for the UN Secretary-General declined to comment, saying they have “a contact tracing protocol in place in case matters arise” at UN headquarters.
Earlier this week, Quiroga was criticized for responding with obscene gestures to protesters in New York, according to Granthshala Brasil. Granthshala Brasil reported that the video went viral on social media, showing him looking out the window of a minibus and pointing at protesters in front of the residence of the Brazilian mission to the United Nations.
Nevertheless, over 100 heads of state and government arrived in person for the event – some of whom were not vaccinated.
Shortly after announcing that Quiroga had tested positive, Bolsonaro released a video on Twitter in which he was seen shaking hands and greeting supporters in front of the hotel without wearing a mask.
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