26th February, 2020
Brazil’s Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the first case in South America after a Sao Paulo resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
At a news conference, Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said; “The case of coronavirus has been confirmed. The test carried out by the Instituto Adolfo Lutz came back with a positive result
“ Thus, Brazil has its first confirmed case of the disease’’
The 61-year-old coronavirus patient is currently under quarantine in his home and 30 of his family members have been placed under observation, the ministry said.
In addition to the confirmed case, there are 20 other suspected cases under investigation.
Fifty-nine suspected cases have already been ruled out.