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Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "had nearly no interactions with the individual", Mr. Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

Health experts say person-to-person transmission is more likely when two people are within six feet of each other, as Trump, Wajngarten and Pence were when they posed for the photo. He attended a Cabinet meeting on March 4 that was chaired by President Emmanuel Macron and Parliament sessions last week, where at least five lawmakers have tested positive.

Bolsonaro is also being tested for COVID-19.

Bolsonaro's press secretary can be seen standing next to the president, wearing a Make Brazil Great Again hat, in a picture taken at the president's Mar-a-Lago resort this past week. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) also went into quarantine after attending the conference.

Wajngarten tested positive for the virus after returning to Brazil with flu-like symptoms. However, he said he is feeling healthy and not experiencing any symptoms as of this afternoon.

In a statement provided by Bolsonaro's office, it said it was "adopting all the necessary preventive measures to preserve the health of the president and the delegation that accompanied him on the recent official trip to the United States". "I feel extremely good, I feel very good", Trump said on Tuesday.

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The state is now waiting for confirmation on the positive test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). World Health Organization says that early reports suggest that illness severity is associated with age and co-morbid disease.

"Let's put it this way, I'm not concerned", he told reporters on Thursday when he was asked about his contact with the infected Brazilian.

Brazilian authorities said they had notified their U.S. counterparts of the positive test result, which was returned on two occasions.

Mr Zingaretti said on Saturday he had tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating at home.

Instagram images of Fabio Wajngarten, Bolsonaro's communications secretary, who tested positive for COVID-19. Trump's newly named chief of staff, Mark Meadows, emerged from self-quarantine Thursday.

Local newspaper Estado de S.Paulo reported that Bolsonaro has been tested for coronavirus, with results expected on Friday. Trump on Wednesday canceled his political travel for the coming weeks, but he has disregarded the advice of medical and public health professionals to stop shaking hands.

  • Sonia Alvarado