Brazil’s House Speaker tests positive for Covid-19

. Sep 16, 2020
House Speaker Rodrigo Maia Rodrigo Maia. Photo: Gustavo Sales/Câmara dos Deputados

House Speaker Rodrigo Maia has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The diagnosis makes the Speaker the fourth person to catch the virus after attending the new Chief Justice Luiz Fux’s inauguration ceremony, last Thursday. Before Mr. Maia, the chief justice himself, as well as two members of the Superior Court of Justice, also confirmed infections.

With Mr. Maia’s and Chief Justice’s Luiz Fux’s infections, Vice President Hamilton Mourão remains the only person in the presidential succession line to not have contracted the coronavirus. Senate President Davi Alcolumbre was infected back in March, while President Jair Bolsonaro said he contracted the virus in July.

This is a developing story.

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Lucas Berti

Lucas Berti covers international affairs — specialized in Latin American politics and markets. He has been published by Opera Mundi, Revista VIP, and The Intercept Brasil, among others.

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