Brazil vice president positive for virus

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Hamilton Mourao, Brazil's vice president, has tested positive for coronavirus as the country on Sunday registered 344 new COVID-19 deaths.

Mourao, President Jair Bolsonaro's deputy, is the latest in a long line of senior Brazilian officials to contract the virus.

Bolsonaro, a prominent coronavirus skeptic, was infected in July, and recovered.

Mourao's office said in a statement that he tested positive on Sunday afternoon and would isolate in Jaburu, his official residence.

Separately, Brazil's health ministry on Sunday reported 344 new COVID-19 deaths and 18,479 fresh coronavirus cases.

The country now has nearly 7.5 million confirmed cases and a total of 191,139 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began, according to the health ministry figures.