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The Lancet claims Bolsonaro is the biggest threat to combat COVID-19 in Brazil

Saturday, May 9th 2020 - 08:35 UTC
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In an editorial, the Lancet said his disregard for and flouting of lockdown measures is sowing confusion across Brazil In an editorial, the Lancet said his disregard for and flouting of lockdown measures is sowing confusion across Brazil

The biggest threat to Brazil's ability to successfully combat the spread of the coronavirus and tackle the unfolding public health crisis is the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, according to the British medical journal The Lancet.

In an editorial, the Lancet said his disregard for and flouting of lockdown measures is sowing confusion across Brazil, which is now recording record numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and is fast emerging as one of the world's coronavirus hot spots.

Bolsonaro, a former army captain, is becoming increasingly hamstrung by political crisis following his recent sacking of popular Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta and the resignation of Justice Minister Sergio Moro, The Lancet said.

“Such disarray at the heart of the administration is a deadly distraction in the middle of a public health emergency and is also a stark sign that Brazil's leadership has lost its moral compass, if it ever had one,” the editorial said.

“The challenge is ultimately political, requiring continuous engagement by Brazilian society as a whole. Brazil as a country must come together to give a clear answer to the 'So what?' by its President. He needs to drastically change course or must be the next to go,” the editorial said.

A report by Imperial College London published on Friday showed that “the epidemic is not yet controlled and will continue to grow” in Brazil, in stark contrast to parts of Europe and Asia, where enforced lockdowns have been more successful.

“While the Brazilian epidemic is still relatively nascent on a national scale, our results suggest that further action is needed to limit spread and prevent health system overload,” the Imperial College report said.

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  • Terence Hill

    ”How the United States killed Brazil’s Democracy. Again.
    Brazil’s recent history is one of national sabotage, ... It is a story of an independent, sovereign country, transformed almost silently into a satellite of the United States.
    Rousseff recently remarked that just a decade ago, a period when her country’s GDP overtook the United Kingdom’s, “…Brazil manufactured aircraft, ships and oil platforms. Today it cannot manufacture disposable masks”.
    On March 12 2020, nine months after the original leaks, the Intercept finally published further conversations revealing how United States Department of Justice was illegally involved in Operation Lava Jato from the very beginning, operating in secret – at the behest of the U.S. agents – and deliberately bypassing the Brazilian Government. The importance of this cannot be overstated.
    Operation Lava Jato, and not the bogeyman of corruption it was supposed to eradicate, bears principal responsibility for Brazil’s current plight. The sabotage of Lula’s candidacy required intervention by head of the Armed Forces, General Villas Boas, with a veiled, televised threat, which swung the Supreme Court away from granting Lula habeas corpus by a single vote. As a result, former Military Captain Jair Bolsonaro was elected president, and Lava Jato Judge Sérgio Moro, who put him there, was appointed his Justice and Security Minister.

    May 10th, 2020 - 10:26 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Oh that makes perfect sense, blame it all on the malditos gringos...

    ...time to wind up the mechanical monkey again...

    ...Here's hoping a RAF veteran has the opportunity to shove up that idiotic dodgy tankard up the Gollum's arse before beating the unholy Sméagol out of its worthless miserable carcass...


    May 11th, 2020 - 03:56 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    Chicureo the Advocator of the Avocado, Psychological Transferee, Narcissist, Criminal Libeller, & the Spam King
    “Here's hoping ...” Oh what shame I get to show again what a lying bag of shite you really are and shove it up your ass again.

    May 11th, 2020 - 08:47 pm 0
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