The Brazilian government said it will not remove employees who recently had contact with President Jair Bolsonaro from the office after he tested positive for Covid-19.
Brazil’s General Secretary of the Republic released an official statement saying, “There is no medical protocol, either from the Ministry of Health or the WHO, that recommends isolation measures by simple contact with positive cases.”
The government offered guidance to public employees, telling them “to seek medical assistance when they experience symptoms related to Covid-19, to assess the need for testing.”
If someone is suspected to have symptoms, the government said, “The employees are advised to stay at home until the exams results.”
More on this: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an infected person can start transmitting the virus in the six days before the onset of symptoms. WHO recommends that a person who has had close contact with an infected person should spend 14 days in social isolation and away from the workplace.
Bolsonaro announced Tuesday that he tested positive for Covid-19 after having a reported fever the day before.
The Brazilian president participated in his normal agenda over the past week, holding meetings with businessmen, politicians and public authorities.But after announcing his diagnosis Tuesday in person in front of media, Bolsonaro has worked via video conferences, according to the president’s press office.