"Stop Whining. How Long Are You Going to Keep Crying about It?", says Bolsonaro about Pandemic

The day after Brazil hit its highest death toll, the president minimized mourning and promised 60 million vaccine doses by the end of April

Marcelo Toledo Luís Cláudio Cicci
Ribeirão Preto

President Jair Bolsonaro (no party) again criticized social isolation measures Thursday (4) and said that Brazilians need to face their problems.

“We have to face our problems, enough with the fussing and whining. How long will you be crying? We have to face the problems. Obviously, respecting the elderly, those who have diseases, comorbidities, but where will Brazil stop if we stop?,” asked the president in São Simão (GO).

SAO SIMAO, GO, 4-3-2021 - President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised for downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. (Credito:Reprodução/TV Brasil - Reprodução/TV Brasil

Next, Bolsonaro published a text on social media that says "Essential activity is all that is necessary for a breadwinner to earn money," in yet another speech against social isolation.

On Wednesday (3), Brazil recorded its second consecutive day of record Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, 1,840, with the hospital network collapsing in several states, and surpassed the United States in number of new deaths from the disease per 100 thousand inhabitants. Covid-19 in Brazil has already caused about 260 thousand deaths.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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