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Brazil national security advisor says tests positive for coronavirus - Twitter

Brazil's Minister of Institutional Security Augusto Heleno looks on before an inauguration ceremony of the new Culture Secretary Regina Duarte (not pictured) at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/Files

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s national security advisor Augusto Heleno said on Wednesday in his Twitter account that he has tested positive for coronavirus, though he did not have any symptoms.

Heleno, 72, a retired army general and one of President Jair Bolsonaro’s closest aides, said he is currently under quarantine at his home while waiting for a second-test confirmation.

Reporting by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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