“I Hugged Half of Congress,” Says Coronavirus-Infected Brazilian Senator

Senator Nelsinho Trad attended hearings and parliamentary sessions with 498 other legislators.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first Brazilian legislator diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus, Senator Nelsinho Trad had a busy schedule in Congress before he learned he was infected.

He took part in hearings with senators, in meetings with ministers and in the session that brought down the per capita family income threshold for access to the Continuous Cash Benefit (BPC), with another 498 legislators - 439 deputies and 59 senators - who took part in the vote.

"I hugged half of Congress. You go in there, coming from an international trip, and you end up hugging the guys. We like them . . .

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