Fri, 23 Oct 2020

BRASILIA, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Prosecutor General Augusto Aras was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday, his press office has said.

"The prosecutor general of the Republic tested positive for COVID-19. The test result came out this Thursday. Augusto Aras is doing well and is in isolation, working remotely," it tweeted.

Aras attended on Sept. 10 the inauguration ceremony of the new president of the Supreme Federal Court, Luiz Fux. Several officials attending the ceremony, including Fux himself, were infected.

So far, all three branches of the government have reported authorities contracting COVID-19, including Senate President Davi Alcolumbre, who announced his infection in March before Congress suspended face-to-face meetings.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive in July and recovered after having only mild symptoms. First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive earlier and recovered without major incidence.

Brazil has registered over 4.4 million COVID-19 cases and nearly 135,000 deaths from the disease, according to the Ministry of Health.

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