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Coronavirus: Two more government ministers in Brazil test positive

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Two more ministers in the Cabinet of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro say they have tested positive for the coronavirus, which has been raging through Latin America’s largest nation.

The 65-year-old minister of citizenship, Onyx Lorenzoni, says he started having symptoms Thursday. He says he is feeling better and working from home.

Milton Ribeiro, the 62-year-old minister of education, said Monday on Twitter that he is also infected — the fifth Cabinet minister so far.

Bolsonaro himself tested positive July 7. He has said he has been taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which most studies have found to be ineffective and potentially dangerous for some patients. Lorenzoni said he is taking a closely related drug, chloroquine.

Brazil has recorded more than 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 79,488 deaths.

Brazil has the second highest number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths with more than 78,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United States tops the list with more than 140,500.

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