Brazil VP discharged from hospital after Covid-19 recovery

Brasilia, Jan 9 (IANS) Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourao has been discharged from hospital after recovering from Covid-19 and will return to work on Monday, his press office said.

After experiencing body aches and a headache, Mourao had spent 12 days in isolation at his official residence in Brasilia, before being diagnosed with Covid-19 on December 27, 2020, Xinhua news agency reported.

According to his press office, Mourao was discharged on Friday.

So far, a total of 16 high-ranking Brazilian officials, including President Jair Bolsonaro and First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro, have been diagnosed with the virus.

Since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in the country in February, Brazil’s overall caseload as of Saturday stands at 8,013,708, while the death toll has increased to 201,460, respectively.

Brazil currently accounts for the third highest number of cases in the world after the US and India, and its death toll is the second largest after the US.

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