Coronavirus reaches every continent except Antarctica as Brazil confirms case
Health officials in Brazil have confirmed the country’s first case of coronavirus — marking the spread of the disease to every continent on Earth except Antarctica.
The South American country announced Wednesday that a 61-year-old Sao Paulo man who traveled to Italy has tested positive for the contagious virus.
“We will now see how this virus behaves in a tropical country in the middle of summer, how its behavior pattern will be,” Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said in a press conference.
The patient, who is in stable condition, spent two weeks on a work trip to northern Italy’s Lombardy region, where there’s been a recent outbreak, officials said.
He began to experience flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough and throat pain then underwent respiratory tests at San Paulo’s Albert Einstein Institute in Sao Paulo.
The man, who is now in isolation at home, received a subsequent test at the Adolfo Lutz Institute confirming his coronavirus diagnosis.
The health ministry said they’re working to identify other people infected by the man in the hospital, at home and on the plane returning to Brazil.
Meanwhile, the agency has determined that anyone with a fever or flu symptoms returning from Italy and more than a dozen other hard-hit countries should be considered a suspected case.
More than 30 countries and territories have reported coronavirus cases since the illness originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
The virus has spread to more than 80,000 people, mostly in China, since December, and killed more than 2,700 others.
With Post wires
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