At a time when Brazil is facing its worst surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, and its healthcare system is at the brink of collapse, President Jair Bolsonaro had the most insensitive message for citizens.
“Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on,” Bolsonaro asked a crowd at an event.
“How much longer will you stay at home and close everything? No one can stand it anymore. We regret the deaths, again, but we need a solution.”
The country recorded 57,610 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 1,353 deaths.
“We are experiencing the worst outlook for the pandemic since it started,” said Gonzalo Vecina Neto, a medical doctor and former head of Brazilian health regulator Anvisa.
“Mutations are the result of the increased reproduction of the virus. The greater the number of viruses, the faster the transmission, the more mutations we have,” he said.
State governors and doctors have complained that the federal government has mismanaged the coronavirus crisis, as Bolsonaro has downplayed its severity and opposed lockdowns.
Since the start of the pandemic, Brazil has recorded over 10 million cases, and over 260,000 deaths.