A Brazilian government official pictured standing next to President Donald Trump as recently as five days ago has tested positive for the coronavirus, CNN reported Thursday.
The official, Fabio Wajngarten, is the press secretary for Brazilian Presdident Jair Bolsonaro, who visited the U.S. with a delegation last week. Medical experts say the coronavirus can remain dormant in infected patients for up to 14 days. The White House has not specified whether Trump has been tested for the disease.
Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, two sources tell @Cnn. Here he is posing with President Trump and VP Pence over the weekend #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/WQTHAbXCu1— Matt Rivers (@MattRiversCNN) March 12, 2020
President Trump has drawn a lot of criticism for his response, but many of the steps he has taken to protect the public are unprecedented.
Vice President Mike Pence warned Thursday that Americans should expect “thousands” of additional cases before the disease blows over.
Pence’s statement came after President Donald Trump gave an Oval Office address on the federal response to COVID-19, announcing near-total bans on travel from Europe as well as financial relief for impacted workers. Pence’s statement is the first time the coronavirus task force has given a numerical estimate for expected cases, previously telling Americans to simply “expect more cases.”