UPDATED: Brazil President Bolsonaro’s Son Says He Tested Negative for Coronavirus

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Fox News reports Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has tested negative for coronavirus, his son Eduardo told Fox News, contradicting earlier reports that the South American leader had tested positive.

Reports out of Brazil had initially indicated Bolsonaro had tested positive, and his son appeared to confirm this to Fox News earlier Friday, adding that further testing was being done to confirm the diagnosis and the second set of testing was expected later in the day.

However, in a subsequent appearance on “America’s Newsroom,” Eduardo denied his father had ever tested positive.

Host Sandra Smith asked Bolsonaro if he could confirm his father had first tested positive for the virus and what had happened in between then.

“I don’t have this information,” he replied. “The information I have is the results that just came up telling that he is negative for coronavirus. I never listened that it was positive in the first exam. This is something that I don’t know. But, uh, everything’s good now.”

Bolsonaro then told Smith, to his knowledge, this was his first test for the virus.

“I have to get more information about what is going on because together with Bolsonaro, there were other guys, other people in the same team that went to the US. So, we are also waiting for the exams about the other guys.He denied his father was showing any symptoms.“He is okay,” he confirmed.

The confusion surrounding the results came just days after Bolsonaro met with President Trump at the U.S. leader’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.

Bolsonaro had been tested after one of his deputies, who was also in attendance at the Florida resort, was diagnosed with COVID-19.

EARLIER REPORT:

Fox News reports Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus, Fox News can confirm.

The positive diagnosis comes just days after the right-wing Bolsonaro met with President Trump in Mar-A-Lago.

In the wake of the news out of Brazil, a number of White House officials were called into an urgent meeting in the chief of staff’s office, Fox News is told.

Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo told Fox News that they are doing further testing to confirm the diagnosis, adding that they expect the second set of testing results later Friday.

Bolsonaro had been tested after one of his deputies, who was also in attendance at the Florida resort, was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Fabio Wajngarten, the communications secretary for the 64-year-old Brazilian leader who had traveled to Miami for the meeting as well, showed flu symptoms and tested positive for the virus early Wednesday.

Per Breitbart, Bolsonaro, along with his press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who also tested positive for the deadly illness this week, had dinner with President Trump over the weekend. Bolsonaro sat next to the president during the dinner and shook hands with him afterward. President Trump also posed for a photo with Wajngarten. Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo, said in an interview with Fox News that the Brazilian leader will undergo a second test for additional confirmation and could receive the results later Friday.

Bolsonaro’s test results come after White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who has been tasked with leading the administration’s response to coronavirus, had little contact with Wajngarten.

“The White House is aware of public reports that a member of the Brazilian delegation’s visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend tested positive for COVID-19; confirmatory testing is pending,” Grisham said in a statement on Thursday. “Exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps. Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”

“As stated before, the White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy,” she added. “To reiterate CDC guidelines, there is currently no indication to test patients without symptoms, and only people with prolonged close exposure to confirmed positive cases should self-quarantine.”

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