2021-10-11 23:58:20 Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he is ‘bored’ with COVID deaths questions | Coronavirus pandemic News
Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he is ‘bored’ with COVID deaths questions | Coronavirus pandemic News
The far-right president’s remark comes just days after Brazil’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 600,000, inciting public outrage.
The far-right in Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has stated that he does not want to be “bored” by questions about the country’s coronavirus death toll, just days after Brazil became the world’s second country to surpass 600,000 fatalities.
Bolsonaro, a COVID-19 skeptic who has downplayed the virus’s severity, was on the beach in Guaruja, Sao Paulo state, on Monday when a journalist asked him about the death toll.
“In which country did no one die?” “Please tell me!” He replied. “Look, I didn’t come here to sit around and do nothing.”
Brazil surpassed 600,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday, according to the country’s health ministry, escalating public outrage at Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic.
For months, the president has rejected calls to impose restrictions such as lockdowns to halt the virus’s spread, while public health officials have chastised his administration for failing to secure COVID-19 vaccines quickly.
Thousands have taken to the streets to demand Bolsonaro’s impeachment in connection with the pandemic and corruption allegations, but he has remained defiant and continues to oppose public health measures.
Bolsonaro claimed on Sunday that COVID-19 protocols at soccer matches had prevented him from attending a Brazilian championship football match in Santos.
“What is the point of a vaccine passport?” I wanted to watch Santos right away, but they said I needed to be vaccinated first. Why should that be the case?” Bolsonaro stated to journalists. Santos, on the other hand, stated that Bolsonaro had not requested to attend the game.
Authorities this week allowed clubs to fill 30% of available seats in Brazilian championship games, but the protocol agreed to by the Brazilian soccer confederation requires that all people inside stadiums be vaccinated and tested recently.
Meanwhile, a Brazilian Senate committee that began investigating Bolsonaro’s pandemic policies in April is expected to release its final report in the coming weeks.
This could put even more pressure on the president in the run-up to next year’s elections.
While Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former leftist president, has not formally declared his candidacy, polls show that he would easily defeat Bolsonaro.
Rio de Paz, a Brazilian non-profit, hung 600 white scarves on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana beach on Friday in memory of all those who died during the pandemic.
“The president discouraged sanitary standards, challenged mask use, condemned social distancing, and was opposed to mass vaccination – as a result, we have these bitter numbers,” said Antonio Costa, president of the group.
“These are thousands of bereaved families,” he said, referring to the scarves strewn across the beach. “One day, we’ll know how many of those have died or lost their lives as a result of hearing the denying speech of some of our most powerful public officials.”