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Weekly Report - 14 May 2020 (WR-20-19)

BRAZIL: Debate over isolation persists

For two months now, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has maintained that containing the coronavirus (Covid-19) cannot come at the cost of Brazilians’ jobs. He has accompanied this false dichotomy between saving lives and protecting livelihoods with the consistent downplaying of the disease’s health risks and disrespect for those whose lives it has claimed. Coronavirus infections have continued to rise rapidly in recent days, and Brazil overtook first Germany, and then France, to become the country with the sixth highest number of confirmed cases globally on 13 May, with 188,974 cases and 13,149 deaths. But Bolsonaro has not changed his tune.

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