Bolsonaro Refuses Action As Brazil’s Crisis Deepens

The Washington Post reports:

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown to halt the out-of-control spread of coronavirus cases, even as the nation reached several grim milestones, including a record number of deaths.

“We’re not going to accept these policies of ‘stay home, close everything, lock down,’ ” he said on a visit to the southern city of Chapeco, Agence France-Presse reported.

“There’s not going to be a national lockdown,” said Bolsonaro, who fell ill with covid-19 last year. “Our army isn’t going into the streets to force the Brazilian people into their homes.” The country’s public health institute, Fiocruz, had recommended stricter regulations to prevent the collapse of the health-care system.

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