President Jair Bolsonaro, who downplays the coronavirus crisis and opposes containment, on Thursday called on Brazilians to "stop whining" and blasted the measures taken by many cities to deal with the outbreak of the epidemic.
”, Launched, in the provocative tone of which it is customary, the head of state of extreme right while Brazil deplores nearly 260,000 deaths and goes through its deadliest week since the start of the pandemic, there is a year.
"Enough with these stories (...) you will cry until when?
Jair Bolsonaro, who has been widely criticized for his lack of empathy in this human tragedy, continued by inaugurating a railway section in the State of Goais (center-west).
“We regret the deaths,” he added, “but where is Brazil going if we stop everything?
1,910 dead in one day in Brazil, a record
"How long are you going to stay home, how long is everything going to stay closed?"
", He continued while many cities announced this week in the emergency curfews, early closure of restaurants and bars or non-essential activities in order to contain the outbreak of Covid-19.
“Nobody can take it anymore,” he concluded.
Rio de Janeiro was, on Thursday, one of the last major cities to order the closure of bars and restaurants from 5 p.m., the ban on all street sales on the beaches and the movement of people from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Since the start of the crisis that makes Brazil the second most bereaved country after the United States, Jair Bolsonaro has given a standoff to governors who wanted to restrict activity, accusing them of undermining the economy.
Morning essentials newsletter
A tour of the news to start the day
Subscribe to the newsletterAll newsletters
He was particularly opposed to that of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, a political rival, who announced on Wednesday the return of his state - the economic locomotive of Brazil - in the "red phase", with a suspension of all non-activities. essential for two weeks, starting on Saturday.