COVID-19 vs. Bolsonaro : Brazil needs to be very careful

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President Jair Bolsonaro is putting Brazilians in grave danger by urging them not to abide by health care and other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 by state governments, and he is risking the future of his country, Human Rights Watch said. By April 10, there had been more than 18397 confirmed cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 in Brazil, of which 974 have died. Brazil is currently ranked 12th in the world and is the country most affected by COID 19 in Latin America. 

It is currently the second worst country in the world in terms of the number of confirmed and probable cases, behind the United States. Although Bolsonaro has made health care a central theme of his presidential campaign, he also supports strong rhetoric that undermines public awareness of the risks associated with COVID-19. In a video posted on social media, the right-wing senator said, “If I carry on like this, I have a serious problem with President Bolsonaro, he will not remain in office for more than 30 days, and I will have to tear up my degree and contradict the entire global scientific community.” To support this strategy, various forms of misinformation and disinformation have been used to deny recommendations based on scientific evidence. He praised Mandetta for sticking to scientific principles during a public health crisis and urged the new minister to defend the need for the isolation measure. This has taken the form of protests, social isolation and quarantine measures recommended by the Governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, which could be followed by a travel ban to Brazil for the rest of the year and the suspension of all public transport in the state. Meanwhile, 45% of Brazilians believe that Congress should impeach the president. The only politician to open impeachment proceedings against him is former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was considered his most powerful political opponent. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has defended his stance on impeachment, saying he did not demand the resignation of his predecessor Dilma Rousseff. Bolsonaro’s supporters, wearing the country’s iconic yellow and green, gathered for Sunday’s protests outside the army headquarters in Brasilia. In a video, Bolsonaro can be seen in mask at the rally, waving and sometimes coughing at the crowd. The rally came just days after the popular former justice minister issued an eight-hour statement to Brazil’s federal police accusing Bolsonaro of trying to interfere with the authorities of the national government when he stepped down last week. The president’s supporters attacked local reporters at the rally, drawing widespread revulsion even from his own circle. Former Judge Moro gained controversial notoriety after leading the impeachment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and is considered by many to be one of the country’s most corrupt politicians in recent years. 

The situation in Brazil last Thursday with one of the country’s leading newspapers, which Bolsonaro disparaged as “fake news” during his tenure, about his handling of a coronavirus crisis in his first months in office. In a detailed and clearly written conversation, it is discussed how he makes decisions, whether the political opposition can exert its influence on the coronavirus crisis against him and how he is prepared to continue his war against the rainforests, despite the pandemic. Many Brazilian governors have closed their states, prompting an angry response from the president. President Jair Bolsonaro is undermining Brazil’s health-care system, which has already been undermined by years of budget cuts. Since then, he has participated in demonstrations combining opposition to lockouts with military interventions that paralyzed Brazil’s Congress and Supreme Court. Bolsonaro has clashed with his own health officials and fired his popular health minister after they clashed over social welfare measures. But he also clashed directly with them when he recently fired his favorite health official, Dr. Luiz Inacio Cunha. „ I believe that the natural immunity of Brazilians will protect the nation.”Bolsonaro told reporters in the capital Brasilia. Although Brazil’s coronavirus outbreak appears to be several weeks behind those in Europe and the United States, Brazil’s governor is unlikely to end the measures this week, as the president wants. In an interview with Reuters last week, he said Rio could be hit by the peak of the outbreak in May, which would be “a very, very complicated time.”

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