Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has failed in managing the coronavirus crisis, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Friday, a day after a record rise in deaths in the South American nation.
The Bolsonaro government has definitely failed in tackling the coronavirus pandemic as many other governments have also done, the 17-year-old Swede said on a video conference with journalists.
Bolsonaro has fiercely criticized measures to shut down non-essential businesses and keep residents indoors to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, saying the economic damage being done is worse than the health risk itself.
Thunberg was speaking during the launch of a crowd-funding campaign to buy medical supplies and provide telemedicine services to residents in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, where a lack of robust health services has made the disease devastating.
Governments around the world, including Brazil, have failed to save lives and because of that we have seen many deaths that could have been prevented, Thunberg said.
Thunberg has sparred with Bolsonaro before, with the Brazilian president calling her a pirralha, which roughly translates as brat. Thunberg responded by ironically changing her Twitter bio to Pirralha.