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Brazil’s confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) case marks first for Latin America

Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020. 8:41 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Brazil’s Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta has confirmed that a 61-year-old man is the country’s first case of the novel coronavirus strain (COVID-19), and the first confirmed case for Latin America.

Mandetta said the man had traveled to Italy and stayed there from February 9-21. He arrived in San Pablo, Brazil on February 22, without showing any signs of illness and spent the weekend with his family. He went to a clinic on Monday, February 23 after starting to show signs of illness and was later discovered to have the virus following two laboratory tests. Brazilain health authorities are working to try and find everyone that has come in contact with him since his return.

The presence of the virus in Brazil is a concern for many because the patient arrived in Brazil during the country’s Carnival 2020 celebration, which draws visitors from all over the region, heightening the risk of it spreading to other countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that there are now 82,294 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, which includes 1,185 newly confirmed cases as of today, February 27, 2020. The virus is now confirmed in 46 countries, nine of which confirmed cases within the past 24 hours. The WHO also reported that 2,747 people have died from COVID-19 in China alone. The number of deaths associated with the virus outside of China has risen to 57.

 

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