Brazilian Sport Minister claims 90pc drop in Zika virus in Rio since January
Published 07/07/2016 | 16:22
The Zika virus will not be a problem for athletes or spectators at the Rio Olympics, according to Brazil's Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani.
The build-up to next month's Games has been dominated by concerns over construction delays, crime and health scares, with the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus topping the list.
But the 36-year-old Picciani, who has only been in his post for a month, said there has been a 90% decrease in Zika cases in Rio de Janeiro since January and by August the incidence rate should be "close to zero".