Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaru said that Brazil has a younger population than the countries that have suffered the most from coronavirus, and therefore an epidemic of Italian proportions does not threaten the country.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaru urged local authorities to abolish quarantine measures that were introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic. As reported Reuters, he said this on Tuesday evening in a televised address to the nation.
According to Bolsonaro, Brazil should “return to normal life,” and mayors and governors “must abandon the scorched earth policy.” The agency notes that this is primarily about the leadership of the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, whose life activity is almost stopped.
Bolsonaru said that even if he had become infected with a coronavirus, he would have “had no reason to worry,” because he used to play sports. “I wouldn’t feel anything or it would be just a little flu,” he said.
The president also believes that an epidemic of Italian proportions of Brazil is not threatened, since the country has a younger population than in the countries most affected by the pandemic.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to American Johns Hopkins University on March 24, the total number of infected people in the world is 428 thousand, more than 19 thousand people died.
In Brazil, 2271 cases of COVID-19 were registered, 47 people died, two recovered.