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Coronavirus in Brazil: The anger against Bolsonaro is growing

2021-01-24T16:02:10.404Z

The severe corona crisis in Brazil is fueling criticism of the president. The vaccination start is slow, the health system collapses. Some patients supply themselves with oxygen privately.



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"Fora Bolsonaro!" - "Bolsonaro out!"

It is

the

rallying cry of government critics in Brazil.

You are demanding the end of President Jair Bolsonaro - in Corona times by far in the car parade.

Pedro Paulo Gomes, protester:


“This is very important to show that we are on the streets despite the pandemic.

It's important to show our dissatisfaction with this right-wing government, with the right-wing extremists, the neoliberals, with everything. "

The criticism of Bolsonaro is multifaceted, but at the moment it's particularly about his handling of the corona crisis - currently especially with the vaccination process.

Bolsonaro had downplayed the pandemic over and over again, in the meantime also infected himself and used it for his propaganda.

Most recently, he spoke out against the vaccination, fueling fears of side effects.

On the street this causes outrage and anger.

Raul Silveira, demonstrator:


“What the people want are vaccines for everyone, people want emergency support, people want Bolsonaro out.

Nobody can take that idiot, that monster, that genocidal murderer in the Brazilian presidency. "

What people want is vaccinations for everyone.

People want emergency care, they want Bolsonaro to go away.

Nobody can stand this idiot, this genocidal man, as Brazilian president.

Vaccination has only been taking place in Brazil since last weekend.

There are emergency approvals for two vaccines: for the preparation from AstraZeneca and Oxford University and for the vaccine Coronavac from the Chinese manufacturer Sinovac.

But the process is slow.

There are currently far too few doses for the 210 million inhabitants.

And: the Chinese manufacturer has doubts about the high effectiveness.

Brazil remains one of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic - and it is in the middle of a dramatic second wave with around 60,000 new infections daily.

The situation is particularly precarious in the Amazanos area and its capital Manaus, where a virus mutant has caused great concern.

The health system is collapsing, as the example of Osmar Magalhae shows.

He contracted the coronavirus - and when his condition worsened, his daughter Karoline drove him to two hospitals - and was turned away.

Karoline Magalhaes, daughter of a corona patient:


“We were told we should treat him at home.

Because there they had no more capacity for more patients.

There is a lack of oxygen for patients, oxygen tanks are shared and the aisles are full. "

The family set up a sick camp at home - with black market gas tanks and privately paid therapists.

Karinna Fernandes, therapist:


"Through exercises, we managed to increase the oxygen saturation to 95, with 30 minutes of oxygen supply a day."

Osmar Magalhaes, Corona patient:


“Thank God I'm much better after a lot of work with physiotherapy.

That got me tremendously. "

Of course, the vast majority of Brazilians do not have these resources.

It should be much more dramatic for them if they can no longer find a place in an intensive care unit.

At the same time, the hospitals are so overwhelmed that relatives hardly receive any information.

Karoline's mother is also infected - she is in the hospital.

Karoline Magalhaes, daughter of a corona patient:


»I haven't received any information about my mother for three days.

I don't know whether she's alive or dead, or whether she's recovering well in the hospital. "

So the pressure on Bolsonaro continues to grow.

According to a survey, 40 percent of Brazilians rate their government as bad or terrible.

Less than a third still rate them positively.

Source: spiegel

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