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Brazilian president criticise Supreme Court investigation of allies for alleged fake news
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro stated on Thursday that a Brazil's Supreme Court investigation into a fake news network was actually aimed at silencing his social media support.

Brazil's Federal Police on Wednesday executed more than two dozen searches and seizure warrants in six states as part of an investigation into a network that allegedly spread defamatory fake news and threats against Supreme Court justices.

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Brazilian Environment Minister says pandemic is “opportunity” to environmental deregulation
Brazil Environment Minister Ricardo Salles
Brazil Environment Minister Ricardo Salles Credit: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles called the Covid-19 pandemic an "opportunity" to further deregulate environmental law without much public attention.

In a video released by the country's Supreme Court, Salles said: “We need to make an effort while we are in this calm moment in terms of press coverage, because they are only talking about Covid, and push through and change all the rules and simplify norms,”.

The video of a ministers’ meeting surfaced during an ongoing investigation of whether President Jair Bolsonaro interfered in appointing leaders of the federal police for personal gain.

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Brazilian Workers Party announces that it'll file impeachment papers for President Bolsonaro

The Brazilian Workers Party (short PT) has announced that they think President Jair Bolsonaro "no longer works with this government", referring to the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising numbers of cases and deaths in Brazil. As a consequence, the party is planning on submitting a "collective impeachment petition" to the Chamber of Deputies.

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Brazil overtakes Spain and Italy in number of Covid-19 confirmed cases
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

As President Jair Bolsonaro continues to downplay the pandemic, Brazil has now the fourth-largest coronavirus outbreak in the world, surpassing Italy and Spain in the number of confirmed cases.

Brazil's total number of cases reached 233,142 after the Health Ministry accounted for 14,919 new cases. The total number of deaths in the country is at 15,633.

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Brazilian health minister Nelson Teich resigns
Nelson Teich during a press conference
Nelson Teich during a press conference Credit: Júlio Nascimento/PR

Nelson Teich, Brazilian Health Minister, offered his resignation to President Jair Bolsonaro this Friday.

Mr Teich succeeded Luiz Henrique Mandetta, fired by Jair Bolsonaro after a series of disagreements over government efforts to contain the new coronavirus.

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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
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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Brazil's Supreme Court blocks Bolsonaro decision to expel Venezuelan diplomats
Justice Luis Roberto Barroso
Justice Luis Roberto Barroso Credit: Fellipe Sampaio /SCO/STF (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Justice Luis Roberto Barroso issued an injunction on Saturday suspending for 10 days a decision by Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro to expel Venezuela's 30 diplomats and consular staff.

Barroso said the immediate ejection of the diplomats in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic countered humanitarian principles. The consular personnel is based in the cities of Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Belem, and Boa Vista.

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Supreme court of Brazil allows investigation of President Bolsonaro
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet during a pronouncement
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet during a pronouncement Credit: Carolina Antunes/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Brazil’s Supreme Court Justice José Celso de Mello Filho gave the green light for an investigation of alleged corruption and obstruction of justice by President Jair Bolsonaro after the country’s outgoing justice minister, Sérgio Moro, accused him of attempting to interfere with federal police probes.

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Brazil's justice minister Sérgio Moro resigns, accusing Jair Bolsonaro of interference on Federal Police investigations
Sérgio Moro, former Justice Minister of Brazil
Sérgio Moro, former Justice Minister of Brazil Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro has resigned amid tension with President Jair Bolsonaro.

Moro, a former judge, quit after the president fired one of his allies - Federal Police chief Mauricio Valeixo - and accusing the President of political interference.

Immediately after the announcement, pot-banging protests against Jair Bolsonaro broke out across Brazil.

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Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister over pandemic response
Luiz Henrique Mandetta during Press Conference
Luiz Henrique Mandetta during Press Conference Credit: Marcelo Casal jr/ Agencia Brasil (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

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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Brazilian minister starts diplomatic row with China over Coronavirus

After a tweet -- now retracted -- by Brazil’s Education Minister Abraham Weintraub that appeared to mock Chinese accents while insinuating the Asian giant stood to benefit from the coronavirus pandemic, China's embassy in Brasilia demanded a public correction by the Brazilian Government.

This dispute comes just weeks after President Jair Bolsonaro sought to pacify a similar dispute sparked by his son, Eduardo Bolsonaro.

China is the biggest destination for Brazilian exports, accounting for 29% of its global total during the first quarter of 2020.

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Twitter, Facebook and Instagram delete Brazilian President posts

Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, posted videos of himself going into crowds in Brasilia, hyping hydrochloride as a cure, and encouraging an end to isolation.

First, Twitter, and now Facebook and Instagram, deleted the posts for violating platform rules.

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Brazilian President, Bolsonaro, dismisses Covid-19 pandemic and face protests

During a live TV pronouncement, President Jair Bolsonaro has called the virus "little flu" and stated the pandemic is a "fantasy." The Brazilian President ordered State Governors to end the quarantine currently in place on São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro -- Brazil's two most populous states.

There were protests across the country, with quarantined people banging pots and pans from their balconies.