Joe Biden Stayed in Same Hotel as Brazil Lawmaker Who Tested Positive for COVID

Brazil's health minister, who stayed at the same hotel in New York City as Joe Biden, and shook hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who later met the U.S. President, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Brazil's minister of health Marcelo Queiroga tested positive hours after accompanying Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the UN headquarters for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday.

The minister will remain in New York in quarantine, the Brazilian government's communication office said.

"The minister is doing well," the statement from the communication office said, adding that no other members of the delegation had tested positive with the minister.

Brazilian journalist Raquel Krähenbühl released footage on Twitter that appeared to show Queiroga shaking hands with Johnson before the diagnosis.

Brazilian Health Minister - who tested positive for Covid - was staying at the same hotel as President Biden in NYC.

He went to the UN today to watch President Bolsonaro’s speech.

Here, he shakes hands with Prime Minister Boris Jonhson- who met Biden today at the White House.

— Raquel Krähenbühl (@Rkrahenbuhl) September 22, 2021

Multiple reports also confirmed that the health minister was staying in the same New York hotel as Biden.

Newsweek has contacted the White House to ask if they are taking any precautions regarding the health minister testing positive.

Queiroga told CNN Brasil that he had worn a mask the entire time that he was in the UN building this week, and that he will now quarantine in New York for 14 days.

Queiroga, Brazil's fourth health minister since the pandemic began in early 2020, said last week he had been vaccinated with the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine, but did not say when.

The health minister was the second member of the Brazilian delegation in New York to test positive. A young diplomat who was part of a team preparing Bolsonaro's visited tested positive over the weekend and went into quarantine.

In his UN speech, Bolsonaro said that his government did not support the use of vaccine passports to stop the spread of the virus, and stood by unproven treatments for the disease.

"We don't understand why many countries, along with much of the media, positioned themselves against early treatment. History and science will know how to hold all of them responsible," Bolsonaro said.

He also said Brazil's vaccination campaign had been successful, despite the country recording the second highest number of COVID-related deaths for any nation, with more than 591,000 deaths.

Bolsonaro has historically opposed lockdowns and often doesn't use a mask. He has not got a vaccine to protect him against the disease, and has previously claimed that the inoculation could turn him into a crocodile—completely unfounded allegations.

Bolsonaro contracted COVID-19 last year when on a visit to the U.S. to meet then-president Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Johnson, along with his new foreign secretary Liz Truss, were in New York for UNGA and meetings, including with Bolsonaro and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. On Tuesday Johnson and Truss flew to Washington, D.C., to meet Biden.

Johnson's face-to-face talks in the White House with Biden covered a number of issues, including Afghanistan post-withdrawal, trade and the climate crisis.

In the meeting, Biden underlined the importance of not jeopardizing the Good Friday Agreement post-Brexit and ensuring peace in Northern Ireland.

Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga
Health Minister, Marcelo Queiroga, looks on after an event to launch a new register for professional workers of the fish industry at Planalto Government Palace on June 29, 2021 in Brasilia, Queiroga, who stayed at the same hotel in New York City as U Joe Biden, and shook hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who later met the U.S. President, has tested positive for COVID-19. Andressa Anholete/Getty