Bruno Covas, the mayor of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, tested positive for coronavirus Saturday.
The mayor is showing no symptoms and is following medical advice to keep working at home in the coming days.
Covas is also undergoing immunotherapy treatment to fight lymph node cancer, an illness that has been widely reported in the Brazilian media and publicly discussed by Covas.
The state of São Paulo, which includes the megacity by the same name, is the epicenter of Brazil’s outbreak. As of Saturday, São Paulo state had recorded 172,875 virus cases and 10,581 Covid-19 deaths.
1:08 a.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Here's the latest on the coronavirus pandemic
If you're just joining us, here is the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.
Pence claims decline in coronavirus hospitalizations: The US Vice President touted the US' "steady decline" in coronavirus hospitalizations and fatalities, despite health officials warning the Covid-19 death toll could increase in the months ahead.
Brazilian mayor tests positive for coronavirus: Bruno Covas, the mayor of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a press release from São Paulo City Hall.
India's spike in cases: With 11,929 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the country has seen its largest single-day spike so far, according to its health ministry.
2:06 a.m. ET, June 14, 2020
Pence touts decline in coronavirus hospitalizations despite some states seeing increase in patients
From CNN's Veronica Stracqualursi and Arman Azad
Vice President Mike Pence on Friday touted the "steady decline" in coronavirus hospitalizations and fatalities in the US, despite data showing several states have seen a rise in Covid-19 patients since the Memorial Day holiday and health officials warning the coronavirus death toll could increase in the months ahead.
We're seeing a steady decline in hospitalizations and most importantly, a steady decline in fatalities," Pence told CNN's Pittsburgh affiliate WPXI in an interview Friday, arguing that America is "safely reopening."
He described the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in some states as "a reflection of a dramatic increase in testing."
But we're watching it very closely and we remain very confident that we have the hospital capacity, we have the resources to be able to deal with any specific outbreaks that could occur," Pence told WPXI.
The vice president's optimism about the government's response to the virus comes as health officials emphasize the importance of face coverings and social distancing.
We know the pandemic is not over," said Dr. Jay Butler, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention deputy director for infectious diseases, during a call with reporters on Friday.
A majority of states that had implemented stay-at-home orders are slowly lifting their restrictions that began in March and allowing more businesses to reopen.
Covid-19 hospitalizations had gone up in at least a dozen states between May 25 and June 9, according to data aggregated by CNN from the Covid Tracking Project.
As of Saturday, new coronavirus cases are trending downward in 21 states, while still increasing in 17 states -- several of which have seen record or near-record highs.