Brazil's minister of citizenship Onyx Lorenzoni tests positive for COVID-19

BRASILIA, July 20 (Reuters) - Brazil's minister of Citizenship, Onyx Lorenzoni, said on Monday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

He is the third minister infected with COVID-19 in the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, who also tested positive for the disease earlier in July after coming down with a fever.

In his Twitter account, Lorenzoni said he started to feel the symptoms last Thursday and took the coronavirus test on Friday. The minister added he is being treated with a combination of drugs that includes chloroquine from which his body is showing "positive effects".

Bolsonaro, himself a longtime advocate of the supposed virtues of the malaria drug to fight COVID-19, is also taking hydroxychloroquine and credits its use to his mild symptoms.

Brazil reported 2,098,389 confirmed cases of coronavirus by Sunday, with a total death toll of almost 80,000. (Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) ((; +55 11 5644 7553; Reuters Messaging: Keywords: BRAZIL POLITICS/

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