February 26, 2020 / 3:16 PM / a month ago

Brazil Health Ministry confirms first case of new coronavirus

Brazil's Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta looks on during a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil February 26, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America, after a Sao Paulo hospital flagged the possible infection of a 61-year-old man who recently visited Italy.

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told journalists at a news conference that the government has already taken measures to tackle the epidemic prior to its arrival in Brazil.

Reporting by Carolina Mandl; Editing by Brad Haynes

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