Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used an online post to criticize coronavirus blocking measures and news coverage of the pandemic, in his first comments nearly a full day after Brazil passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths.
In a series of tweets on Sunday, Bolsonaro pointed to a story published by the UK’s Daily Mail criticizing lockdown measures to address the spread of the coronavirus.
The Daily Mail article suggests “up to 16,000 people are thought to have died because they received no medical treatment between March 23 and May 1.” The story claims – without evidence – that those people did not go to the hospital during the lockdown because they were afraid of contracting the virus.
Bolsonaro went on to criticize Brazil’s largest television station without naming it specifically, saying that the television station “only spreads panic to the population and discord between the powers” and “has disdained, profligate and discouraged the use of hydroxychloroquine” .
Brazil surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, the country has reported over 3 million cases, according to the Brazilian health ministry.
Bolsonaro’s only mention of the 100,000 coronavirus deaths in his country on Saturday was to criticize the broadcaster’s coverage on the subject.
“In a cowardly and disrespectful way towards the 100,000 dead Brazilians, this TV celebrated that date yesterday, as a true World Cup final, blaming the President of the Republic for all the deaths,” he wrote.
He added that “disinformation kills even more than the virus itself. Time and science will show us that Covid’s political use of this TV has led to deaths that could have been avoided. “