Bolsonaro Calls for Reopening and Speaks of 'Exaggeration' in Facing the Pandemic

Brazil reached 50,000 deaths by Covid-19 on Saturday, but the president has not spoken about the milestone


Although Brazil recently reached the 50 thousand Covid-19 deaths milestone, President Jair Bolsonaro is calling for governors and mayors to start reopening trade.

According to him, "there may have been a bit of an exaggeration" in the way the WHO (World Health Organization) and other authorities dealt with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"The countryside has not stopped, but cities and many states have stopped. It will not be easy to get this economy back on track. So we call on governors and mayors who, obviously with responsibility, start opening up trade," said the president in an interview with the AgroMais channel, launched this morning.

President Jair Bolsonaro. Foto: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Since Brazil reached 50 thousand deaths on Saturday (20), the president has not talked about the sad milestone.

"Because new information comes from all over the world, particularly from WHO through its misunderstandings, there was perhaps a little exaggeration in dealing with this issue. I have always said: life and employment, both are entirely linked to the other. And in some isolated places, we cannot make the side effects of pandemic treatment more damaging than the pandemic itself. Then it comes back, in my opinion, little by little. For me, it would have more agility [the reopening] of trade ", he added.

The president did not specify what would be the mistakes made by the WHO and other authorities.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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