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Brazil Tops 80,000 COVID-19 Deaths As 2 Government Ministers Test Positive For Virus

Added 07-21-20 07:07:02am EST - “The country's citizenship minister and education minister announced separately their diagnoses on social media the same day that the country announced a grim new milestone in the pandemic.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Brazil Tops 80,000 COVID-19 Deaths As 2 Government Ministers Test Positive For Virus”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters from the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, on Monday, the same day that two more of his Cabinet ministers were diagnosed with COVID-19. Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waves to supporters from the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, on Monday, the same day that two more of his Cabinet ministers were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Two government ministers in Brazil have tested positive for the coronavirus, as the country – second only to the U.S. in the number of infections – surpassed 80,000 deaths from the disease.

Citizenship Minister Onyx Lorenzoni, a close ally of President Jair Bolsonaro, and Education Minister Milton Ribeiro announced separately their diagnoses on social media.

In a tweet, Lorenzoni said he had begun feeling COVID-19 symptoms on Thursday night and had received confirmation that he was infected on Monday.

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