When asked if Brazil has passed 600,000 deaths from COVID-19, Bolsonaro said, “In which country haven’t people died? Tell me! “
Brazil is the second country to take the leap after the United States.
“Look, I didn’t come here to be bored,” he added.
So far, 601,011 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, with more than 21.5 million cases in total.
Brazil is struggling to control the rise in coronavirus infections, with a significant portion of the population blaming Bolsonaro and his government’s handling of the pandemic. A previous report says his approval rating hit a new low ahead of next year’s presidential election.
Bolsonaro has also been accused of spreading false information regarding the coronavirus, with many doctors across the country saying the president is downplaying the severity of the pandemic.
He has also said on several occasions that he will not receive the coronavirus vaccine.
“I’m not going to get the vaccine, period,” he said in a television interview in December, according to The Independent. “Do you think my life is in danger?” That’s my problem, period.
He also said last year that he would be the “last Brazilian” to be vaccinated and that he would not impose any vaccination mandate on the Brazilian people.
Last month, he was forced into self-isolation shortly after breaking the rules and attending the United Nations General Assembly while not vaccinated. One of his assistants tested positive for coronavirus after the meeting.