Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

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Source : AlJazeera

A Brazilian man who travelled to Italy tests positive for the new coronavirus, the first case in Latin America.

Brazil’s Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America, diagnosing a 61-year-old man in Sao Paulo who returned recently from Italy.

The diagnosis comes during Brazil’s carnival holiday, a peak time for domestic travel when millions of revellers throng to major cities for raucous street celebrations.

The patient, a Sao Paulo resident, had travelled to Lombardy, in northern Italy, from February 9 to February 21 and had symptoms compatible with the disease, the ministry said in a statement.

The first Brazilian patient remains in good health and will be monitored in isolation for the next 14 days, the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo said in a written statement.

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