The biggest threat to the coronavirus response in Brazil? President Bolsonaro Says The Lancet

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Country president Jair Bolsonaro, according to British medical journal The Lancet, poses the greatest threat to Brazil’s ability to successfully combat the spread of the coronavirus and deal with the public health crisis In progress.

FILE PHOTO: President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro talks to journalists after meeting with President of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil Dias Toffoli in the midst of the coronavirus disease epidemic (COVID-19) , at the Supreme Federal Court of Brasilia, Brazil, on May 7, 2020. REUTERS / Adriano Machado

In an editorial, The Lancet said its disregard and disregard for foreclosure measures are causing confusion across Brazil, which reported a record number of deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, and which is rapidly becoming the case. one of the hotspots for coronavirus in the world.

On Friday, the Brazilian Ministry of Health recorded 10,222 new confirmed cases of new coronavirus and 751 related deaths. This brought the total number of confirmed cases in Brazil to 145,328 and deaths to 9,897, the deadliest epidemic in an emerging market country.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, is increasingly paralyzed by the political crisis following his recent dismissal of popular health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta and the resignation of justice minister Sergio Moro, according to The Lancet.

“The challenge is ultimately political, requiring a continuous commitment from Brazilian society as a whole. Brazil as a country must come together to give a clear answer to the question “So what?” From its president. He must change course or be the next to go, “said the editorial.

In response to a question from a reporter last week regarding the record number of coronavirus deaths, Bolsonaro said, “So what? I’m sorry, but what do you want me to do? “

Bolsonaro’s press office declined to comment on the Lancet editorial. The president said on Friday that he plans to have 30 friends at the presidential palace for a barbecue. Later that day, he joked that he could extend the invitation to thousands more, including political supporters and members of the press.

A report from Imperial College London on Friday showed that “the epidemic is not yet under control and will continue to grow” in Brazil, in stark contrast to parts of Europe and Asia where forced closings They succeeded.

“While the Brazilian epidemic is still relatively nascent nationwide, our results suggest that additional measures are needed to limit the spread and prevent overloading the health system,” said the report from Imperial College.

In its editorial, The Lancet highlighted the challenges that Brazil faces. About 13 million Brazilians live in slums “favelas”, where hygiene and physical remoteness are almost impossible to follow.

The country’s indigenous population was also “critically endangered” even before the COVID-19 epidemic, with the government turning a blind eye or even encouraging illegal mining and logging in the Amazon rainforest.

“These loggers and miners are now at risk of bringing COVID-19 to isolated populations,” he said.

Most of the 27 state and district governments in Brazil take the threat of the virus more seriously than Bolsonaro.

On Friday, the government of Sao Paulo, the most populous state in Brazil, extended mandatory quarantine orders until May 31. They were due to expire on May 11.

Reporting by Jamie McGeever and Stephen Eisenhammer; Additional reports and writing by Gram Slattery; editing by Bill Berkrot and Sonya Hepinstall

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