© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) in Brasilia

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian Well being Minister Eduardo Pazuello is in steady situation in a hospital after being recognized with COVID-19, the ministry stated in a press release on Saturday.

Pazuello checked right into a hospital in Brasilia on Friday for dehydration, having examined constructive for the coronavirus on Oct. 21. He’ll keep within the hospital till Sunday, when he can be reevaluated, the ministry stated.

“There was no want for supportive measures akin to oxygen supplementation,” the assertion stated.

Sooner or later after testing constructive, Pazuello met with right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro in a lodge room, with a social media video exhibiting the 2 chatting with out masks. Bolsonaro recovered from a bout of COVID-19 in July.

The president stated Pazuello’s case was one other occasion demonstrating that the controversial drug chloroquine helped these with COVID-19 to recuperate rapidly.

Bolsonaro, who has sought to downplay the severity of the virus, has advocated for using the anti-malarial drug chloroquine and associated hydroxychloroquine, regardless of an absence of scientific proof that they assist these with COVID-19.

Through the pandemic, two successive well being ministers resigned in roughly the span of a month, partly as a result of as physicians, themselves, they’d not totally endorse chloroquine. Pazuello, an active-duty Military common with out a medical diploma, has expanded entry to chloroquine and allowed it to be prescribed to nearly anybody who exams constructive for the coronavirus.

Brazil has the second deadliest outbreak of coronavirus, with 159,477 deaths, after solely the USA, based on a Reuters tally. Roughly half of Bolsonaro’s 23-member cupboard have caught the coronavirus, in addition to the president and his spouse.

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