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2020-05-19T11:57:28+00:00

Medical journal The Lancet says "biggest threat to Brazil's COVID-19 response is its president, Jair Bolsonaro"

Medical journal The Lancet says "biggest threat to Brazil's COVID-19 response is its president, Jair Bolsonaro"
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet stated in an article that Brazil, the country with the most Covid-19 cases and deaths in Latin America, has a difficult time fighting the coronavirus.

The journal claims that president Jair Bolsonaro does not properly react to the pandemic and criticizes that the president discourages "sensible measures of physical distancing and lockdown". By doing that the president is taking an opposite stand than state governors and city mayors and has lost two ministers in the past three weeks.

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