• A member of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's entourage tested positive for the virus
  • The pathogen is spreading through Brazil though the number of confirmed cases is still low
  • Health officials have warned Americans to increase handwashing to try to keep the virus at bay

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met during the weekend with a Brazilian official who tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesman for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday.

The meeting took place at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort Saturday. The Brazilian official was identified as Fabio Wajngarten. He was photographed standing next to the president and vice president and dined with Trump and several others on Saturday.

Bolsonaro and his entourage traveled to the U.S. to help ease tensions that have arisen as a result of threatened steel and iron tariffs.

Also at the president’s table Saturday were his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, and national security adviser Robert O’Brien, in addition to Bolsonaro’s son, Eduardo.

Coronavirus is spreading throughout Brazil, with the Pensi Institute predicting 4,000 cases within the next two weeks and a possible 30,000 cases within three weeks. So far, 52 cases have been confirmed.

For weeks, Trump has been trying to downplay the severity of the outbreak, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization Wednesday. There are nearly 128,000 confirmed cases worldwide and more than 4,700 deaths. More than 1,300 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., with at least 32 deaths.

Health officials are warning the number of U.S. infections could mushroom as testing becomes more widespread. Americans have been urged to up their hygiene, and the elderly have been advised to stay out of crowds and rethink travel plans.

Trump Wednesday suspended nearly all travel from Europe as cases on the continent explode. On Thursday, he did not rule out restrictions on domestic travel.

House Democrats planned to vote on emergency legislation Thursday to ease some of the economic impact the virus is having, especially on hourly workers who lack paid sick leave, but were unable to reach agreement with the White House on more sweeping measures.