Ex-president Lula tested positive for Covid-19 on Cuba trip

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Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Photo: Celso Pupo/Shutterstock

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has reportedly contracted Covid-19 during a visit to Cuba, after visiting the island to take part in a documentary about Latin America, directed by Oliver Stone.

Per Folha de S. Paulo columnist Mônica Bergamo, Lula received his positive test result on December 26 and then proceeded to quarantine for 14 days in Cuba. The ex-president did not experience any symptoms of the disease, but scans detected pulmonary lesions compatible with Covid-19.

Lula was prescribed a corticosteroid, blood thinners, and immunotherapy drug Jusvinza. The Cuban government has credited the latter with slashing the country’s coronavirus death toll, though scientific evidence to prove its efficacy is still inconclusive.

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