Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told a radio broadcaster on Monday he had commissioned a study from the health ministry regarding ending the use of facial masks, which is recommended by specialists to prevent against the coronavirus. The South American country has registered 20,528,099 cases Friday since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 573,511, according to ministry data, in the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States and India and its second-deadliest after the United States.
The New York Daily News reports:
Bolsonaro has frequently, and without evidence, criticized measures implemented around the globe to battle back coronavirus, including lockdowns, vaccines and mask-wearing. He’s also pushed unproven cures, recommending treatments like indigenous teas as well as drugs not yet proven to be effective. Back in June, the far-right leader was fined for his failure to wear a face covering after he led thousands of supporters on motorcycles through the streets of Sao Paulo sans face coverings.
Earlier this month Bolsonaro’s son appeared with QAnon nutbags at Mike Lindell’s so-called cyber symposium in South Dakota.
Brazil has registered over 20.5 million cases since the pandemic began, but the Brazilian president asked his health ministry to study ending the use of masks.https://t.co/mMY3PrBoKm
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