UPDATE: Senator Lindsey Graham has announced that he will self-quarantine himself and work from his residence. The announcement comes due to his presence at a Florida event over the weekend that was attended by the Brazilian Communications Chief. Communications Chief Fabio Wajngarten became ill after returning to Brazil from events at Mar-a-Lago. Upon returning to Brazil Wajngarten was tested for and diagnosed as postitive for having the coronavirus. the original article below details others that attended the event.
UPDATE: The National Guard deploys to New Rochelle in New York!
Fabio Wajngarten, the Brazilian communications chief has tested positive for coronavirus after visiting Mar-a-Lago on Saturday. Wajngarten was in close contact with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and others.
Wajngarten was a member of a Brazilian delegation at Mar-a-Lago with Brazil’s President Bolsonaro on Saturday to discuss possible tariffs on Brazilian steel and iron. President Trump, in December threatened to impose tariffs on Brazil and Argentina in response to what he views as the “unfair and weakening of their currencies and agricultural policies.” Presidents Trump and Bolsonaro share a close relationship and similar views on immigration. Some even refer to the Brazilian President as the “Trump of the Tropics”.
Also attending the dinner were Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien and other administration officials.
Wajngarten was tested for the coronavirus upon returning home with flu-like symptoms. Although the first test came back positive he is awaiting the results of a second test before confirming the diagnosis according to the Brazilian publication Estadao.
Over the weekend Wajngarten was posting pictures on his Instagram account posing with President Trump and Vice President Pence. In one photo President Trump can be seen holding a baseball hat that reads “Make Brazil Great Again”. In response to the development President Trump responded with “I’m not concerned”. Senator Rick Scott also came in contact with Wajngarten and has taken measures to self quarantine himself. Also announce that the White House has suspended public tours.
This news comes after an eventful day in the United States concerning Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). Yesterday the World Health Organization labeled COVID-19 a pandemic. The NBA announced it would cancel the remainder of its season after star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. The NCAA also announced that only family members of team players would be able to attend tournament games for both men and women.
Today’s announcements include senators closing Washington offices, New York City announced the postponement of their St. Patrick Day Parade. The first time that has happened in 258 years. The NHL canceled the remainder of its season. The State Department puts the travel warning at “Level 3”. Schools and colleges in various places in America have canceled or moved classes online. And always a topic of discussion the Dow Jones Industrial market is down 1366.18 so far today. Currently in America there are 1,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Wuhan coronavirus and 35 deaths being attributed to the virus. And north of our border Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has just announce that he is self quarantining himself after his wife began to exhibit flu-like symptoms along with a low fever. Her symptoms came after returning from a speaking engagement in London.