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Brazilian Bolsonaro says that corona virus lockouts would ‘destroy’ the country while joining Trump

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said that a coronavirus lock would “destroy” the country, joining US President Donald Trump in prioritizing the economy.

Yesterday, Bolsonaro sentenced the governors and mayors of the largest states and cities as criminals for ordering people to stay inside to stop the outbreak. Meanwhile, the death toll rose from 46 to 57, while confirmed cases rose from 2,201 to 2,433 the day before.

State governors have defied the president’s calls to reopen schools and businesses, arguing that the “cure” of widespread shutdowns to curb the coronavirus is worse than the disease.

Bolsonaro has joined Trump in prioritizing the economy over the preferred shutdowns of public health experts – including his own health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta – who warned that the Brazil outbreak would collapse the health care system next month. can cause.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is pictured on Friday at a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is pictured on Friday at a news conference in Brasilia, Brazil

A man with a protective mask walks into an almost empty Saara region of Rio de Janeiro, a major shopping area in the center of the city, during a closure aimed at stopping the spread of the (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic

A man with a protective mask walks into an almost empty Saara region of Rio de Janeiro, a major shopping area in the center of the city, during a closure aimed at stopping the spread of the (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic

A man with a protective mask walks into an almost empty Saara region of Rio de Janeiro, a major shopping area in the center of the city, during a closure aimed at stopping the spread of the (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic

“Other viruses killed far more than this, and there wasn’t all that commotion,” Bolsonaro told reporters. “What a few mayors and officials do is a crime. They destroy Brazil. ‘

Bolsonaro believes that the suppression already ordered by many governors will deeply damage the already beleaguered economy and cause social unrest.

In a nationally televised speech on Tuesday evening, he urged governors to limit isolation only to high-risk people and lift the strict anti-virus measures they have imposed in their area.

“What needs to be done? Put the people to work. Keep the elderly, protect people with health problems. But nothing more than that, “said Bolsonaro, who has angered in the past by calling the virus” a little flu. ”

Senate President Davi Alcolumbre denounced his speech, calling for “leadership that is serious, responsible, and committed to the lives and health of its people.”

Bolsonaro has joined Trump in prioritizing the economy over the preferred shutdowns of public health experts - including his own health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta - who warned that the Brazil outbreak would collapse the health care system next month. can cause.

Bolsonaro has joined Trump in prioritizing the economy over the preferred shutdowns of public health experts - including his own health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta - who warned that the Brazil outbreak would collapse the health care system next month. can cause.

Bolsonaro has joined Trump in prioritizing the economy over the preferred shutdowns of public health experts – including his own health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta – who warned that the Brazil outbreak would collapse the health care system next month. can cause.

Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria put Bolsonaro to the test because he was not an example to Brazilians and called on him to “lead the nation, not divide” in times of crisis.

Two sources told Reuters that Bolsonaro’s prepared five-minute speech had been prepared without consulting Minister of Health Mandetta.

The two have been at odds since Bolsonaro ignored the guidelines on March 15 and physically greeted the supporters.

The country’s top medical associations have made statements in support of Mandetta’s approach to the epidemic, fearing the minister would resign.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Mandetta, who denied stopping, stressed the severity of the epidemic and the need to continue to isolate the population from the virus.

The country’s governors protested that Bolsonaro’s instructions were contrary to recommendations from health experts and endangered the largest population in Latin America.

They said they would continue with their strict measures. The uprising even included traditional allies of the far-right president of Brazil.

An aerial view of an almost empty Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in downtown Rio

An aerial view of an almost empty Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in downtown Rio

An aerial view of an almost empty Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in downtown Rio

Aerial view of a nearly empty Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in the center of the city during a closure to stop the spread of the (COVID-19) in Rio

Aerial view of a nearly empty Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in the center of the city during a closure to stop the spread of the (COVID-19) in Rio

Aerial view of a nearly empty Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in the center of the city during a closure to stop the spread of the (COVID-19) in Rio

Santa Catarina state governor Carlos Moisés, who gave Bolsonaro nearly 80% of his vote in the 2018 presidential election, complained that he was “ overwhelmed ” by the president’s instructions.

Moisés said he would insist that all residents remain at home during the pandemic, despite the president’s position.

During a video conference earlier today between Bolsonaro and governors from the southeastern region of Brazil, Sao Paulo Governor João Doria threatened to sue the federal government if he attempted to hinder his efforts to fight the virus, according to a video of their private meeting reviewed by The Associated Press.

Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in downtown Rio during coronavirus closure

Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in downtown Rio during coronavirus closure

Presidente Vargas Avenue and Central do Brasil Station in downtown Rio during coronavirus closure

An almost empty Saara region, a major shopping area in the center of the city, with all stores closed during a lockdown to stop the spread of the (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic on March 24, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro

An almost empty Saara region, a major shopping area in the center of the city, with all stores closed during a lockdown to stop the spread of the (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic on March 24, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro

An almost empty Saara region, a major shopping area in the center of the city, with all stores closed during a lockdown to stop the spread of the (COVID-19) coronavirus pandemic on March 24, 2020 in Rio de Janeiro

“We are here, the four governors of the Southeast, with respect for Brazil and Brazilians and with respect for dialogue and understanding,” said Doria, who supported Bolsonaro’s 2018 presidential bid. “But you are the president and you have to lead by example. You must be the representative to lead, lead and lead this country, not to distribute it. ‘

Bolsonaro responded by accusing Doria of driving his coattails to the governorship and then turning his back.

“If you don’t get in the way, Brazil takes off and comes out of the crisis. Stop campaigning, “said the President.

The governors were not the only ones challenging. Virus plans challenged by Bolsonaro were confirmed by the Supreme Court. The heads of both congress houses criticized his speech on television. Companies donated supplies to report antivirus efforts.

Bolsonaro has found some support at his base – #BolsonaroIsRight trended on top of Brazilian Twitter on Wednesday – although that support was countered by a week of nighttime protests from many Brazilians who respected self-isolation rules, leaning out their windows to pop pots and pans.

In particular, there is concern about the potential damage from the virus in the ultra-dense, low-income neighborhoods known as favelas.

Bolsonaro’s administration also received criticism from economists, including Armínio Fraga, a former governor of the central bank, and Claudio Ferraz, a professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

A shopping area in Rio with all stores closed during a lockdown to stop the (COVID-19) from spreading

A shopping area in Rio with all stores closed during a lockdown to stop the (COVID-19) from spreading

A shopping area in Rio with all stores closed during a lockdown to stop the (COVID-19) from spreading

“Brazil sees something unique, an uprising of governors,” Ferraz wrote on Twitter.

“This will be a new topic in political science: checks and balances by administrators in a federal system.”

Electricity demand, a strong indicator of economic activity, fell sharply in Brazil at the beginning of the week, according to the National Electricity System Operator.

The agricultural sector, a powerhouse of the Brazilian economy, was also said to be suffering from the corona virus, with the farm lobby warning CNA that grain, coffee and sugar cane growers faced operational hurdles.

Still, the Department of Economy said it will not sacrifice long-term debt targets to save the economy. An official said there was no capacity for massive tax packages to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Economic Policy Minister Adolfo Sachsida said that any additional measures would only apply this year, but warned that budgetary stability in the coming years could not be jeopardized by excessive spending in 2020.

The government is struggling with the transportation of medical equipment because of widespread flight cancellations, said Health Minister Mandetta, forcing authorities to rely on land transportation.

Mandetta said the ministry would allow doctors to use the antimalarial drug chloroquine to treat coronavirus.

The drug, described by Trump as a potential game changer, has not yet been proven effective against the new coronavirus. A lead physician in clinical studies in Brazil for the related drug hydroxychloroquine told Reuters that the first results would only be available in two weeks.

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