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Sun Apr 12, 2020, 08:24 PM

Bolsonaro dragging Brazil towards coronavirus calamity, experts fear

Concerns grow that by downplaying threat, Brazil’s president risks public health crisis

Tom Phillips and Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro

Sun 12 Apr 2020 11.24 EDT

Medical experts have said they fear that Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, could be hastening the country’s march towards a devastating public health crisis like those to have hit northern Italy and New York by undermining social distancing measures.

Bolsonaro is one of just four world leaders still downplaying the threat of coronavirus to public health, alongside the authoritarian presidents of Nicaragua, Belarus and Turkmenistan.

Over Easter, Brazil’s far-right leader repeatedly sniffed at his own health ministry’s distancing recommendations by going out for doughnuts, glad-handing fans and proclaiming: “No one will hinder my right to come and go.” During one outing, Bolsonaro was filmed wiping his nose with his wrist before shaking an elderly lady’s hand.

Specialists in public health and infectious diseases believe such behaviour is eroding the only measures standing between Brazil – which has suffered more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths – and a healthcare calamity.


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Sun Apr 12, 2020, 08:28 PM

1. Does he know this leader named Boris Johnson?

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