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‘Regret Deaths, But People Die Every Day’: Recovered From Covid-19, Bolsonaro Says Nothing to Fear

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The Brazil President examined optimistic for the virus on July 7 after coming down with a fever, and spent three weeks in isolation on the presidential palace.

  • AFP
  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 8:33 AM IST

Fresh off a bout of COVID-19, President Jair Bolsonaro stated Friday almost everybody will most likely find yourself catching the brand new coronavirus, urging Brazilians to “face up to it” and saying there was nothing to concern.

The far-right chief’s newest bid to downplay the pandemic got here as Brazil closed in on the grim milestone of 100,000 folks killed by the virus, the second-highest demise toll on this planet, after the United States.

Bolsonaro, who’s simply coming off three weeks in quarantine with a case of the virus, pointed to his personal case for example. “I’m in the high-risk group,” the 65-year-old president advised journalists throughout a go to to the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul.

“I knew I was going to catch it someday, as I think unfortunately nearly everyone here is going to catch it eventually. What are you afraid of? Face up to it,” he stated. “I regret the deaths. But people die every day, from lots of things. That’s life.”

Bolsonaro has confronted criticism for his dealing with of the pandemic because it has surged in Brazil, the nation with the second-highest variety of circumstances and deaths on this planet: greater than 2.6 million and 92,000, respectively.

Bolsonaro, who has in contrast the virus to a “little flu,” has fought stay-at-home measures to comprise it and often flouted social distancing tips, hitting the streets of Brasilia to alternate handshakes and hugs with supporters.

He examined optimistic for the virus on July 7 after coming down with a fever, and spent three weeks in isolation on the presidential palace.

On Thursday, in his first public occasion since his sickness, he greeted a crowd of supporters within the northeastern state of Piaui, eradicating his face masks to loud cheers.

The similar day, the president’s workplace introduced his spouse had examined optimistic for the virus.

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Bolsonaro later revealed he was once more feeling poorly and was taking antibiotics for an an infection that he known as “moldy lungs” attributable to inactivity throughout his quarantine. Bolsonaro argues stay-at-home measures are needlessly hurting the financial system.

He is as a substitute pushing the drug hydroxychloroquine as a remedy for the virus, and took it himself when he was contaminated, regardless of quite a few research discovering it has no profit in opposition to COVID-19.


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