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Coronavirus spreads to Brazil, first in South America

South America’s largest and most populous country, Brazil, has recorded its first case of the coronavirus. A 61-year-old man from São Paulo who returned recently from a business trip to Italy has tested positive for the virsu.

The country’s officials immediately swung into action to track down the other passengers on the flight the man took to Brazil and to find others who had contact with him in recent days. The diagnosis was announced by the health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta.

The Covid-19 started in China in 2019 but has quickly spread around the world despite efforts to contain the virus.

South Korea, Iran and Italy are the current hot spots with thousands of cases reported in the past few weeks.

The Brazilian positive patient traveled to northern Italy which is the worst hit part of the country.

Mr. Mandetta said Brazil’s health system had been preparing for weeks to treat coronavirus patients, saying at a news conference, “We anticipated this.”

He said the case might shed light on how the virus spreads in warmer climates. “This is a new virus,” Mr. Mandetta said, noting experts have yet to ascertain “how it behaves.”

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