A Brazilian official who met Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago last weekend has tested positive for coronavirus.
Fabio Wajngarten, communications secretary to Jair Bolsonaro, accompanied the Brazilian president on a visit to Florida, where the two leaders dined together.
On Thursday the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said both Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence had “almost no interactions” with Wajngarten and therefore did not need to be tested themselves.
A Brazilian government statement said: “The medical service of the presidency of the Republic adopted and is adopting all the necessary preventative measures to preserve the health of the president of the republic and the entire presidential committee which accompanied him on the recent trip to the United States, as well as presidential palace staff.”
But there has been a lot of pressure both from the media, specialists and citizens on President Trump to self quarantine as a standard precautionary measure in such situations.
Canada Prime Minister Justine Trudeau started a two week self quarantine after his wife tested positive for coronavirus.
According to scientists, people who are infected can stay upto 14 days without showing any signs of infection while being able to spread the virus to those they are in contact with. It is for this reason that the standard measure is to quarantine one self if you were in contact with persons who were or are suspected of being infected.