Member of Bolsonaro-led Brazil UN delegation tests COVID positive: Report
- The member nations will participate in the UN General Assembly starting Tuesday
- As per reports, the diplomat who tested positove for COVID-19 has been isolated
- Bolsonaro is scheduled to be the first head of state to address the assembly
A member of Brazil's UN delegation to the United Nations General Assemble reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. This comes as 193 member nations participate in the General Assembly in New York starting Tuesday.
The member of the Brazilian delegation led by President Jair Bolsonaro, as per Bloomberg reports, was put in isolation after testing positive. The diplomat had tested negative before leaving Brazil, the report further quoted a person familiar with the situation at the Brazilian foreign ministry. As per reports, the diplomat isn’t authorized to discuss the matter in public, said the diplomat didn’t have contact with president.
This news comes out a Jair Bolsonaro was spotted in New York's Manhattan eating pizza on a sidewalk instead of dining in a proper restaurant. He is probably the only leader amongst the G20 to attend the UNGA unvaccinated.
Brazilian press said that foreign ministry is now tracking dozens of people with whom the person has been in touch in New York.
Bolsonaro is scheduled to be the first head of state to address the assembly on Tuesday.
"No. Not yet", was the answer given by Bolsonaro when asked by United Kingdom's Prime Minter Boris Johnson about his vaccination status.
Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, appealed to world leaders to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving in the United States for the United Nations meeting. Blasio's statement specifically called out Bolsonaro, according to reports from Reuters.
The New York mayor said, "If you do not want to be vaccinated, do not bother coming."
Abdulla Shahid, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, sent out a notification to 193-member states about following the COVID-19 protocols. Even though leaders would not be required proof of vaccination, other protocols will stay in place.