The coronavirus in Brazil has already caused 1,124 deaths and the number of infections has reached 20,727, reported on Saturday the Ministry of Health, which again warned that the country is still far from the so-called peak of the pandemic.
For the first time in three days, those who died in the last 24 hours in the country (67) did not exceed one hundred, while the number of confirmed cases increased by 1,089 since the previous day, to once again exceed one thousand in a single day. .
The authorities of the Ministry of Health again warned of the “need” for citizens to respect all the measures to restrict movement adopted by governors or municipal authorities.
The great concern, as stressed by the ministry in its daily bulletin, is to control the rate of infections and “buy time” to equip hospitals, so that they are ready when the peak of the pandemic approaches, scheduled for the end of this year. month or beginning of May.
BOLSONARO VISITS CAMPAIGN HOSPITAL, WITH MASK AND ALCOHOL
This Saturday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has insisted on criticizing and challenging the isolation measures forced by the advance of COVID-19, visited a field hospital that is being set up 60 kilometers from Brasilia, in the state of Goiás. .
He did it together with the Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Madetta, and this time, unlike others in which he went for a walk through the streets of Brasilia in clear contempt of quarantine, he wore a mask and, in addition, the governor of the state of Goiás, Ronaldo Caiado, forced him to wash his hands with alcohol before greeting him.
Caiado maintains a close relationship with Mandetta, just as he is a doctor, and recommends quarantines and all measures to restrict contact between people in the face of the pandemic, which the Brazilian president criticized since the beginning of the crisis.
Even though this time he was careful, Bolsonaro approached a group of followers who crowded on the way out of the hospital and, already without the mask, even hugged some.
Mandetta did not want to comment on that attitude, but insisted again that “whoever participates in crowds, at some point will regret it.”
DEMONSTRATIONS IN FAVOR OF BOLSONARO AND A REWARD OF HRW
Despite the position of the Ministry of Health, supported by the vast majority of Brazilians, small groups declared this Saturday in Sao Paulo their support for Bolsonaro and protested the quarantine imposed by the governor of that state, Joao Doria, from a caravan of automobiles that traveled several avenues of the city.
Attitudes of this nature and his insistence on minimizing the effects of the pandemic cost Bolsonaro this Saturday a harsh criticism from the organization Human Rights Watch (HRW).
“Bolsonaro is sabotaging the efforts of governors and his own Ministry of Health to contain the spread of COVID-19, putting the lives and health of Brazilians at risk,” says a statement signed by the director of the Americas Division. of HRW, José Miguel Vivanco.
“To avoid deaths from that pandemic, leaders must ensure that people have access to accurate, evidence-based information essential to protecting their health,” but Bolsonaro “is doing everything but that,” he added.