Coronavirus in Brazil: Bolsonaro camps on its positions despite the milestone of 100,000 dead
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro meets his supporters in Bage on July 31, 2020 (photo illustration) Alan Santos / Brazilian Presidency / Handout via REUTERS
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Brazil exceeded the milestone of 100,000 deaths due to Covid-19 this weekend. Many tributes were paid to the victims and their families. President Jair Bolsonaro preferred to play the controversial card.
With our correspondent in São Paulo, Martin Bernard
" I regret all the deaths, whatever the cause, " Jair Bolsonaro said, not to mention the coronavirus. The Brazilian president tried to play down the crisis, while accusing the media of adding to it, and of " celebrating the 100,000 dead mark in a cowardly and disrespectful way, as if it were a world cup final " .
The day before, the president himself had welcomed the victory of his favorite team in the final of the local football championship. He accuses supporters of confinement of causing a serious economic crisis without succeeding in reducing the number of victims.
But if on the one hand, this “Jair Bolsonaro negationism” is highly criticized, it also seems to guarantee it a certain popularity. According to a recent poll, his government's action has the support of 45% of those polled, and his personal rating is also on the rise thanks to a financial aid program for tens of millions of Brazilians.
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