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2020-06-07T12:00:01+00:00

Brazilian Government hides Covid-19 historical data amid rising death toll

Brazilian Government hides Covid-19 historical data amid rising death toll
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with his cabinet Credit: Carolina Antunes/PR

Brazil is limiting the amount of data it publishes about Covid-19 cases and deaths as the government of President Jair Bolsonaro grows uncomfortable with the criticism about its handling of the outbreak.

The Health Ministry of Brazil announced Friday it would only be reporting cases and deaths in the past 24 hours, no longer giving a total figure as most countries do.

Former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said on Saturday: “From a health perspective, it’s a tragedy ... Not giving out the information makes the state more harmful than the disease.”. Mandetta also likened Bolsonaro's orders to an information blackout on a meningitis epidemic during the nation’s military regime.

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