Brazil exceeded China in death; The president said, “What can I do?”The South American country of Brazil has surpassed China in the number of deaths due to the coronavirus epidemic. President Jair Bolsonaro has expressed regret over the widespread criticism.
A record 474 deaths were reported in Brazil on Tuesday, according to the country’s health ministry. Journalists questioned Bolsonaro about the record number of deaths that day. His response was, ‘What happened to that? I’m sorry. ‘At that time, he asked the journalists, “What did you tell me to do?”
From the beginning, the Brazilian president did not give much importance to the Corona epidemic. He also opposed the lockdown, saying it was a “flu”.
Lockdown instructions were issued last month in several major Brazilian cities to prevent the spread of corona. Bolsonaro directly opposed the decision of the governors and mayors of the cities at that time. He called the lockdown directives “criminal” and claimed that Brazil’s economy was being destroyed.
The country’s president also attended a rally of anti-lockdown in the capital, Brasilia, on April 19. Despite repeated warnings from health officials, he did not wear a mask or gloves. He was also seen coughing in public during the speech.
Earlier, in a speech in late March, Jair Bolsonaro called the coronavirus a “slight flu”, much like US President Donald Trump. He also called on the people to join the work, saying “one day everyone will die”.
On April 16, Bolsonaro fired Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandeta over a dispute. This caused a great deal of anger among the people of the country. According to a survey, 76% of Brazilians believe that the Mandate measures were good and important in controlling the Corona epidemic. In contrast, only 33 percent of people voted for Bolsonaro.
According to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, 73,235 people have been infected with corona in Brazil so far. At least 5,083 people died. Brazil has the highest number of corona cases and deaths in Latin America.
News Room, April 29,2020