WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Brazil, the largest Latin American country, has reported over a million coronavirus cases with 50,617 deaths on Sunday, making it the second coronavirus hot spot after the United States.
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces criticism over his mishandling of the pandemic amid fears of economic collapse.
- Despite the World Health Organization’s recommendation to observe social distancing, Bolsonaro said it is a job-killing measure more dangerous than the coronavirus itself.
After reaching more than a million coronavirus cases, Brazil has also reached more than 50,000 mortalities. At 1,000 deaths a day since the coronavirus has spread, this number could even be higher as the majority of its people have not been tested.
Brazil’s population of 211 million people, makes it the sixth most populous country in the world, however, it has been struggling with an ailing economy. Its current economic and political instability makes the fight against the coronavirus even harder.
Since the start of the pandemic, Brazil now ranks second to the United States in terms of COVID-19 cases at 1,085,036 cases and 50, 617 deaths.
Brazil’s right-wing leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, has been facing criticism with his mishandling of the crisis on top of the country’s failing economy. He has already lost two health ministers after clashing with him. And in spite of lack of evidence of its effectiveness against the virus, he has even promoted chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which are antimalarial drugs.
The World Health Organization strongly recommends social distancing but Bolsonaro did not even advise his people to do it, thinking of it as a job-killing measure more dangerous than the coronavirus itself.
Protesters and detractors have already gathered in cities across the country against Bolsonaro’s inability to cope with the pandemic as well as his ways of ruling the country. Fears of economic collapse have also been on people’s minds.
On Sunday, Bolsonaro said that the military serves the will of the people and its mission is to defend democracy. This only added fuel to the people’s questions on the role that the armed forces play in Brazil’s politics and where the country is leading to.
Source: New York Post