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Brazilian official who met with Trump last week tests positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 13:32:20-04

The communications chief for Brazil's president has tested positive for the new coronavirus just days after flying with his boss to Florida where he also met U.S. President Donald Trump.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications director Fábio Wajngarten tested positive and Bolsonaro's office says measures are being taken to protect the president's health.

Wajngarten joined Bolsonaro on a three-day trip to the U.S.

On Saturday, he was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and posted a photo of himself posing beside Trump.

A video from the event also showed him standing directly behind both presidents as they spoke to the crowd.

Wajngarten initially denied a report on Wednesday that he had been tested for the virus, saying on his social media account that his health was fine.

He is now in self-quarantine at home, according to the statement.