Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used an online publication to criticize coronavirus lockdown measures and media coverage of the pandemic, in his first comments almost a full day after Brazil surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Bolsonaro highlighted an article published by Britain’s Daily Mail criticizing lockdown measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
He concludes the lockdown has killed two for every three people with Covid in the UK. In Brazil, even without official data, the numbers would not be very different, ”Bolsonaro tweeted.
The Daily Mail article suggests “as many as 16,000 people died for lack of medical care between March 23 and May 1”. The story claims – without proof – that these people did not go to the hospital during the lockdown because they feared they could catch the virus.
Bolsonaro then criticized Brazil’s largest television station without specifically naming it, saying the television station “only creates panic among the population and discord between the powers” and “disdained, debauched and discouraged the use hydroxychloroquine ”.
Brazil topped 100,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, the country has reported more than 3 million cases, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health.
The only mention by Bolsonaro of the 100,000 coronavirus deaths reached in his country on Saturday was to criticize the TV channel’s coverage of the subject.
“In a cowardly and disrespectful manner towards the 100,000 dead Brazilians, this television celebrated this date yesterday, like a real World Cup final, accusing the President of the Republic of all the deaths,” he wrote .
He added that “disinformation kills more than the virus itself. Time and science will show us that the political use of this television by Covid has brought us preventable deaths. ”