Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has waved off the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, insisting that life goes on. He suggested the death toll in his own country has been overstated for political purposes.
The Brazilian leader has been locking horns with many of the country’s governors, who have imposed bans on non-essential commerce and continue to accuse Bolsonaro of prioritizing the economy over the lives of his citizens.
“I’m sorry, some people will die, they will die, that’s life,” Bolsonaro said in an televised interview on Friday. “You can’t stop a car factory because of traffic deaths.”
He remarked that in the state of Sao Paulo the reported fallout from Covid-19 – 1,223 cases and 68 deaths – seemed “too large.”
A real-life experiment commences. Which strategy will prove “better” after a year? Apparently the Netherlands and Sweden are still relying on the herd immunity approach too.
hat-tip Stephen Neil