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World Bolsonaro calls Brazilian cities' coronavirus lockdowns a 'crime'

03:46  26 march  2020
03:46  26 march  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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Brazil ’s President Jair Bolsonaro said local leaders who were locking down cities amid the coronavirus outbreak were committing a “ crime .” Published just in. Bolsonaro calls Brazilian cities ' coronavirus lockdowns a ' crime '.

President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday blasted as criminals the governors and mayors of Brazil 's largest states and cities for imposing lockdowns to slow the coronavirus outbreak, drawing fierce backlash as the "What a few mayors and governors are doing is a crime . They're destroying Brazil ."

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - MARCH 25: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference amidst the coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic at the Palacio do Alvorada on March, 25, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro recently defended the nation's return to normality and the end of social distancing and quarantine. According to the Ministry of health, as today, Brazil has 2271 confirmed cases infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and at least 47 recorded deceases.(Photo by Andressa Anholete / Getty Images) © Andressa Anholete / Getty Images BRASILIA, BRAZIL - MARCH 25: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference amidst the coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic at the Palacio do Alvorada on March, 25, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil. Bolsonaro recently defended the nation's return to normality and the end of social distancing and quarantine. According to the Ministry of health, as today, Brazil has 2271 confirmed cases infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and at least 47 recorded deceases.(Photo by Andressa Anholete / Getty Images)

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has accused the media of "fear-mongering" in a speech that downplayed the threat of coronavirus to the country. In a televised address on Tuesday, he called on mayors and governors to roll back restrictions they have introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19.

As Brazil 's largest city went into lockdown , President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday took aim at the "hysteria" over the coronavirus and urged that life In an address to the nation, Bolsonaro urged mayors and state governors to roll back lockdown measures that have brought Rio de Janeiro and

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, said local leaders who were locking down cities amid the coronavirus outbreak were committing a “crime.”

Latin America’s largest nation has reported 2,433 cases and 57 deaths, and public health experts have warned the outbreak could trigger a collapse of the health care system in a month.

“Other viruses have killed many more than this one and there wasn’t all this commotion,” Bolsonaro, departing from the advice of his own Health Ministry, told reporters outside his official residence, according to Reuters. “What a few mayors and governors are doing is a crime. They’re destroying Brazil.”

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A man who was fined 5 in France last week after piloting a small aircraft during a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus told authorities Coronavirus medics in Spain, Italy warn of severe struggles. Bolsonaro calls Brazilian cities ' coronavirus lockdowns a ' crime '.

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“If we don’t get back to work, Brazil could depart from democratic normalcy,” citing examples of social unrest across Latin America.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s national security adviser, Augusto Heleno, on Wednesday cut his medically advised quarantine short, returning to work just seven days into a 14-day quarantine after a positive coronavirus test. Heleno also attended cabinet meetings on the day of his test, Reuters reported.

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At least 23 in Bolsonaro's circle, including his U.S. ambassador, chief foreign policy adviser and communications chief, have contracted the virus.

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On Tuesday the conservative president also played down the threat of the virus, in a contentious national address he told Brazilians: “90 percent of us will have no symptoms if contaminated.” He added that his “history as an athlete” meant he would suffer from no more than “a little flu” if infected.

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As Brazil 's largest city went into lockdown , President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday took aim at the "hysteria" over the coronavirus and urged that life Brazil 's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his protective face mask at a press statement during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called for an end to “mass confinement” after criticising lockdown measures imposed by state governors to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Saying that the virus “will soon pass”, he urged the reopening of businesses and schools. Brazil has recorded over 2

Senate President Davi Alcolumbre called Bolsonaro’s speech “grave” and warned that it went against the advice of the World Health Organization. He called for “leadership that is serious, responsible and committed to the life and health of its people.”

Both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most populous and most affected states, have begun shutting down non-essential business and public gatherings to slow the spread of the virus.

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Both the electricity sector and the agriculture sector said they were suffering due to the coronavirus. Still, the Economy Ministry has said it would not take on long-term debt in order to rescue the economy. A top official said that there was no capacity for huge fiscal packages to fight coronavirus.

Even gangs in Brazil have stepped up to stop the spread of coronavirus, imposing curfews. Gangs in Brazil's poorest neighborhoods, favelas, have imposed curfews. In Cidade de Deus (City of God), gangs have stepped up curfew enforcement after the first coronavirus case was reported.

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“The (drug) traffickers are doing this because the government is absent. The authorities are blind to us,” one resident told the Guardian.

Brazil's Bolsonaro isolated, weakened by coronavirus denial .
Elected two years ago on a promise to revive growth, Jair Bolsonaro has shocked health experts around the world by persistently playing down the gravity of the epidemic, calling COVID-19 "a little cold" exaggerated by the media and his opponents.The far-right leader convened the emergency meeting in Brasilia's modernist Alvarado Palace to resolve a dispute with Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who publicly opposed the president's calls to loosen quarantine restrictions for Brazil's 210 million people.

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