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Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister over pandemic response

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired his health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, on Thursday after a series of disagreements over government efforts to contain the new coronavirus.

Previously, Bolsonaro had publicly criticized Mandetta for urging people to observe social distancing and stay indoors. The President disagreed with these measures, downplaying the virus as "a little flu", and touted the yet-unproven efficacy of an anti-malarial drug.

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