Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello has tested positive for Covid-19 and is isolating at home, Brazil's Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
Pazuello, an army general, is the third health minister appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro after the first two were squeezed out after clashing with the President over how to tackle the pandemic. Pazuello has stood behind Bolsonaro’s views.
Dozens of cabinet members and elected officials -- including Bolsonaro himself -- have tested positive for Covid-19 since the virus was first detected in Brazil in March.
Pazuello had a fever earlier in the week, according to the ministry, and canceled an in-person meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday. He participated in a virtual meeting with governors from the Brasilia hotel where he lives.
Devastating toll: No country in Latin America has been hit harder by the pandemic than Brazil. More than 5.2 million Brazilians have been infected and at least 154,000 have died -- the world's third-highest number of confirmed cases and second-highest death toll, respectively.
Bolsonaro has been widely criticized abroad for his response to the pandemic. He has repeatedly insisted that hunger and unemployment caused by social isolation measures could be more harmful than the virus. He has also been a major proponent of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, although it has not proven effective combating Covid-19.