Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for the novel coronavirus again
UNTV News • July 23, 2020 • 162
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has had another positive result for the novel coronavirus in the third test he has taken since falling ill on July 7, a secretariat of the Communications Ministry said on Wednesday (July 22).
“The test carried out on the president yesterday, on the 21st, showed a positive result,” a statement said. “President Bolsonaro is still in good condition, accompanied by the presidency’s medical team,” it added.
Bolsonaro, a former army captain, first announced his diagnosis on July 7 after dismissing the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it a “little flu” even as Brazil’s outbreak became the worst in the world outside the United States.
He played down the country’s mounting death toll – now over 81,000, and more 2 million confirmed cases – and said his good physical condition would prevent him from developing serious symptoms if he got ill.
Bolsonaro has also sidelined medical experts in Brazil’s handling of the pandemic, pushed back against state and city lockdowns and circulated often in public without a mask, drawing criticism from public health specialists.
He has also said he was taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, an unproven COVID-19 treatment that he and U.S. President Donald Trump have touted as a remedy for the coronavirus. (Reuters)
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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) announced Monday (September 7) that it is partially lifting the temporary importation ban on mechanically deboned poultry meat (MDM) from Brazil.
This, after the agency conducted a review of the measure based on available information provided by Brazilian authorities.
The Brazilian government submitted documentary requirements ensuring the strict implementation of plans for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prevention, infection control and occupational safety and health relative to the operations of foreign meat establishments.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar clarified however, that the lifting of the temporary import ban only applies to foreign meat establishments without a single worker that is COVID-19 positive.
The importation must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate which proves that the meat was handled and processed in facilities with functional food safety management system and where stringent hygiene and sanitation measures are practiced.
Likewise, the poultry products must carry a safe handling label and all importation must be for the sole use of an accredited meat processor.
The DA warned that all shipments into the country that do not comply with the above conditions shall be confiscated.
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) heightened its alert status against possible entry of poultry products from Brazil.
This measure followed the recent order by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to temporarily prohibit the entry of such products after shipments of chicken wings from Latin American countries were found positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In pushing with the standing order of Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to strengthen border control in all ports amidst continuing threats of COVID-19 virus, BOC-NAIA personnel are committed 24/7 to guard the country’s primary airport and its warehouses against attempts to import poultry products from Brazil in compliance with the latest advisory.
Since January of this year Port of NAIA has confiscated a total of 775.6 kgs of meat products without permits which arrived from African swine fever (ASF)- affected countries.
BOC-NAIA vows to continue to strengthen vigilance against entry of illegal goods and imports that pose health risks and will ensure safeguards to protect Filipino consumers, said District Collector Carmelita Talusan.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was seen removing his face mask at a public event after his wife tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (July 30), and the spread of the novel coronavirus showed no signs of slowing in the country with the world’s second-worst outbreak after the United States.
Just days after her husband said he had overcome the virus with a negative test following weeks in quarantine, Bolsonaro’s wife Michelle has tested positive, the presidential office said in a statement.
“First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols,” it said, referring to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Their infections are a palpable sign of the scale of the outbreak in Brazil, which set fresh daily records on Wednesday (July 29) for new COVID-19 cases and related fatalities.
The 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the Health Ministry, pushed the country past 2.5 million infections and 90,000 killed.
Pontes made his announcement on Facebook, saying he was quarantining and working remotely. (Reuters)
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