Deputies Invade Covid-19 Hospital with Encouragement of Bolsonaro

State Attorney General moves forward on criminal proceedings against parliamentarians

São Paulo

One day after President Jair Bolsonaro encouraged Brazilians to invade hospitals to film the offer of beds, five state deputies from Espírito Santo entered the Dório Silva State Hospital, in the metropolitan region of Vitória, and stayed there for two hours doing an inspection on their own in the unit for patients with the novel coronavirus.

None of the parliamentarians is a doctor or a member of the Health Committee of the Legislative Assembly. They are affiliated with the PSL, PSDB, Republicans, and Avante parties. The Attorney General's Office filed a criminal representation against parliamentarians.

Deputies invade Covid-19 hospital with encouragement of Bolsonaro. Credit:Delegado Lorenzo Pazolini no Facebook - Delegado Lorenzo Pazolini no Fac

In live videos on social media, Bolsonaro said that "[if] there is a field hospital near you, a public hospital, find a way to get in and film." The visit in Vitória took place on Friday (12), the day after the president's live.

The deputies said that the visit was motivated by complaints and that they found overcrowding there, that employees did not receive Personal Protective Equipment suitable for the job, and that adequate medication for patient sedation is lacking.

The governor of Espírito Santo, Renato Casagrande (PSB), called the act of invasion and said that they accessed the hospital without the necessary protective devices.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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