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Brazilian VP recovering well after Covid-19 diagnosis

By NS Desk | CoronaVirus Updates | Posted on :   30-Dec-2020

Brasilia, Dec 30 (IANS) Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao is recovering well after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this week, his press office said.

"The Vice President Hamilton Mourao is in good health. He has no fever, only minor body aches, and is recovering well," Xinhua news agency quoted the office as saying in a statement on Tuesday.

Mourao is in isolation at Jabiru Palace, his official residence in Brasilia.

He was examined on Sunday after having a slight fever, body ache and a headache.

So far, a total of 16 high-ranking Brazilian officials, including President Jair Bolsonaro and First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro, have been diagnosed with the virus.

Since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in the country in February, Brazil's overall caseload currently stands at 7,563,551.

On Tuesday, Brazil registered 1,111 coronavirus deaths, the highest single-day fatalities since October 3, when 1,307 people had died, the Health Ministry said.

Tuesday's figure increased the nationwide death toll to 192,681.

The South American country currently accounts for the third-largest caseload in the world, after the US and India, and the second-highest death toll just behind the US.

--IANS

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