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City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez self-quarantines amid coronavirus crisis

Mayor was in same room as Brazilian delegation member who tested positive for COVID-19

City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.
City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. (WPLG)

MIAMI – City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez is self-quarantining after attending events in Miami this week where a Brazilian delegation member who has tested positive for COVID-19 was present.

Suarez said in a video message played at a news conference Thursday that he does not believe he had contact with the Brazlian president’s communications director, Fábio Wajngarten, during the events.

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He said he has showed no symptoms of the virus, but is self-quarantining as a precaution.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, also announced Thursday that he is self-quarantining following potential contact with Wajngarten.

“The Embassy said the person had no symptoms leading up to or the day of the conference,” Scott said in a statement. “After consulting with the Senate’s attending physician and my personal doctor, I have been told that my risk is low, and I don’t need to take a test or quarantine. However, the health and safety of the American people is my focus and I have made the decision to self-quarantine in an abundance of caution.”

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A statement from the president’s communications office on Thursday said Bolsonaro’s communications director Fábio Wajngarten joined Bolsonaro on a three-day trip to the U.S. and on Saturday was at the Mar-a-Lago resort, where he posted a photo of himself posing beside Trump.

A video from the event also showed him standing directly behind both presidents as they addressed a crowd.