Brazil began the fight against the coronavirus and its president to lose is looking away

Brazil began the fight against the coronavirus and its president to lose is looking away

On May 9, the number of Brazil has exceeded the number of deaths from the crown 10,000. Instead of the sad milestone for the victims with an address or a sign of respect, the president Jair Bolsonaro took a ride on a jet ski. The video material widely on social media shows Brazil’s far-right leader, smiling as he pulls on a boat on Lake Paranoá Brasilia where supporters have a cookout. When taking their boat, Bolsonaro worried jokes about the “neuroses” of Brazilians on the virus. “There’s nothing to do [it],” he shrugs. “And ‘madness.” Even by the standards of other right-wing populists, who have tried COVID-19 pandemic, Bolsonaro Despite the reality was shocking to defuse. From the favelas of the city as densely Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon remote indigenous communities encourages forest, Brazil has emerged as a new global epicenter of the pandemic, with the highest transmission speed and a health care system in the world it is now poised on the brink of collapse. Unlike previous world hot spots – Italy, Spain and the US – Brazil is an emerging economy to convince you to stay at home, people with a weak social safety net that makes it more difficult for local authorities, and under-funded health system. When a particularly severe epidemic struck the city of Manaus, in the Amazon, hospitals late April were passing rapidly, leading to a shortage of coffins. On May 17, the mayor of São Paulo, the largest city in Latin America has warned that hospitals would collapse there within two weeks if the rate of infection continues to rise. The country has confirmed nearly 18,000 deaths in the May 19, with a record 1,179 people before the second-highest daily mortality rate in the world to die in 24 hours. Epidemiologists say the weeks still far tip. For many Brazilian politicians and health experts, a lot of blame for the heavy toll lies with the man on the jet ski. Braving the measures of social distancing kept Bolsonaro large rallies with supporters and conducted what he called a “war” against the local governors who tried to block their regions. Thanks in part to his example of many Brazilian-between 45% and 60%, on the measures refuse depending on the state of social distancing to meet, according to the data of cell phone detection. In addition to Bolsonaro chaos fired his health minister Luiz Mandetta mid-April, when he. His attitude to the removal of the more than social His successor, a doctor with no political experience, entered on 15 May, after Bolsonaro prompted him to open up the economy and promote unproven drugs to treat the virus. The crisis comes as the Bolsonaro management around him is crumbling, just 16 months into his presidency. On April 24th, Sergio Moro, his justice minister resigned stars anzuzuklagen the president is trying to interfere with the federal police and sparks a political crisis. The departure of most of the States of the Council of Ministers of Bolsonaro popular, seen by many as a moderating force, piling further pressure on President: he faces a criminal investigation Moros statements that could lead to his ouster. Bolsonaro personal approval rating has dropped by 9 percentage points from January, according to a survey, on May 12 to below 40%. “Bolsonaro personality is extremely bad for adequate pandemic,” says Gustavo Ribeiro, a political scientist and founder of the political Web site The Brazilian report. “Can the country do not join, because his whole operation is based on sowing division”. But Bolsonaro shows no signs of reversing course and the crisis in Brazil is willing to further deteriorate, so terrified epidemiologists, humanists and regional leader. “The president is responsible for many deaths COVID” says Arthur Virgílio Neto, the mayor of Manaus, overtaking observed his city by the virus in late April. irresponsible “With sermon almost criminal, has called on people to take to the streets. He has led many people to die.” Bolsonaro came to power in 2018 for a period of intense traditional political anger and harnessing the unprecedented polarization between left and right . the finish corruption investigation, called Car Wash, had exposed a beautiful engagement network between Brazilian political and economic elite. Bolsonaro rod in this situation as a foreign policy, seemingly immune to corrupt structures of the major parties. An isolated figure in the capital Brasilia, has joined the right-Social Liberal Party for the presidential race, only to leave after his inauguration. After chaired by the assumption that burnished his anti-corruption credentials Moro appointment, the performance of juror wash, as his justice minister. The President has presented to me as a lone, ready to speak the truth on issues that divide Brazil praises the military dictatorship that has led the country for two decades of the 20th century to promote the use of force by police officers, lunging at the so-called gender ideology and disdain environmental protection for the Amazon rain forest and the rights of indigenous communities, which says hold back Brazil’s agricultural sector. In his willingness to speak the unspeakable, and to hire the pillars of the establishment, Bolsonaro took its signals from the president of the United States, so much so that the international media called it the Trump of the tropics. Speaking of his first 16 months in office, he committed to Bolsonaro fanned the flames of Brazilian culture war, sometimes literally. Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest stimulates last year increased by 85% compared to 2018, when President cut regulations and prevent the application meant invaders fire in the forest to clear it for agriculture. If the international community of Brazil has put the government under pressure to slow the destruction, Bolsonaro has to say by Angela Merkel to “reforest Germany.” But Bolsonaro the feeling of impunity have sown the seeds for his accident. Early in the morning of 24 April Bolsonaro removes the head of the federal police, Maurício Valeixo, writing in his official decision Valeixo had asked to resign. Hours later joined Moro as Minister of Justice. He accused Bolsonaro of Valeixo fire to replace it with a lackey, would nourish the confidential information illegally, and later said the president had tried to replace the regional police chief in the state of Rio de Janeiro, where two of the children are Bolsonaro suspects. Bolsonaro denies any wrongdoing and called Moro “Judas.” Moro is more cautious in criticizing the president. Speaking to time by a gray hotel room in Brasilia, the former judge chooses his words carefully. “There is a difficulty in the pandemic in Brazil over because of the denial position of the president. That’s obvious,” he says, adding that uncomfortable, felt out of a government on the one hand the president, played down the virus. “But my goal is to rule of law.” He says the alleged intervention of the President with the police the last straw was in “a whole scenario that has unfolded over the last year … that showed that this new government has not met their promises to fight corruption and the strengthening of institutions. “controversy handling overlapping COVID-19 and the dramatic departure of Moro Bolsonaro started the chairman of the SAP support. A poll on May 12 was published by the pollster CNT / MDA, he found the personal approval rating of the President to 39.2% from 47.8% in January fell, rose as a refusal to 55.4% from 47, 0%. But Bolsonaro radical base that includes the evangelical Christians, the agricultural and military sector, remains strong, says Rodrigo Soares, a Brazilian professor of Public Policy at Columbia University. “The president is [doubling] for its core supporters to appeal mind when he took a technocratic approach and listened to public health experts. It’s not how he got where he is.” The same could be said of Trump, which he has sometimes found closer to the crown as cavalier as Bolsonaro of. Both men have sown confusion about the severity of the disease. Both have not been proven medications as treatments for COVID-19, promoted its serious side effects despite warnings. In March Bolsonaro Trump has participated in a home-journey into white, then the Minister of Health Luiz displaced Mandetta CNN as “a journey Crown” describes why different members of the team tested positive for the virus Bolsonaro later. But while Trump leading the richest country in the world, Bolsonaro leads an emerging market with one of the highest rates of inequality in the world. Access to health care is patchy for millions of people, and less in Brazil than in the United States has the necessary conditions to work from home. Miguel Nicolelis, one of the most respected scientists in Brazil, which coordinates a committee northeastern states to track the spread of the virus, said the situation worse. “Despite the serious problems in the United States, the exponential curve of cases and deaths in Brazil suggests that we are not even close to our peak.” In April Witoto Vanda Ortega, a technician nurses, the head began their indigenous communities to monitor. Messias Martins Moreira, 53, of Kokama people had a fever that does not let the thought Ortega was COVID-19 There is no health center in the Parque Tribos of their remote community of 700 families on the banks of the river Tarumã- Açu in the Amazon. First, Martins did not go to a hospital in the city of Manaus nearby and said he would rely on traditional medicine. “[When] he realized there was no other way he could not breathe,” says Ortega. He died on May 14, 800,000 natives of Brazil, of which many of rain in remote areas of the great Amazon forest, now find themselves particularly vulnerable to the pandemic. has Joênia Wapichana, the only indigenous member of Congress in the country that the isolation communities warned, and the lack of health infrastructure and sanitation could be the crown in, call another genocide ‘for indigenous peoples. The first occurred when the Portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500, bringing disease and commissioning violent scene taken in the country who live wiped out most of the more than 3 million indigenous people. And throughout Brazil are the most vulnerable communities. About 11 million people often live in Brazilian favelas, the slums on the outskirts of big cities. crowded houses, water infrastructure limited and unsafe working conditions have left millions of residents of the favelas are fighting to stop the spread of the virus curb. With the case still sheer numbers, health systems across the country are on the verge of collapse. In São Paulo, 90% of jobs in the ICU beds are full. In the state of Pernambuco, where the intensive care unit, 96% full, a lack some cases forced to doctors fans to decide not to deal with, and some hospitals to treat patients in the corridors. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, the waiting list for a hospital bed in 1000 he has exceeded the second week in May; some emergency facilities are open completely for a few weeks more than 90%. The economic impact of the crown is likely to carry a heavy human toll. itself was implemented as lockdowns only partly, the economy is projected 5% in 2020, which restricts the deepest recession would since records began in 1900. The incomes have already fallen sharply in the majority of the population that can not work at home, and especially when about half of the workforce who earn a few hundred dollars per month in the informal sector. Humanitarian groups say is a food crisis in the cards for the fourth of the population lives in poverty. The government announced an estimated $30 billion funnel emergency cash package for those who can not work. The impact of this is especially unpredictable in Brazil, where almost every economic crisis since the return to democracy in 1985, followed by a strong political change. Ribeiro, a political analyst says there that “very, very” would accompany such a change in the near future of social unrest is possible. “People are radicalizing as I’ve ever seen. And now we are in an economic crisis, as I have never seen in my life,” he says. “I do not think you see a bright future ahead of us.” Bolsonaro has not-so-secret weapon that will help him weather the storm. A former army captain has forged the president of a close alliance with the military. current and former military personnel now hold nine of 22 Cabinet positions, and seem to close ranks to be Bolsonaro, could say analysts at him from impeachment shield. The President can still survive, but many of its inhabitants do not. Carlos Machado Observatory coordinator against COVID-19 Country Fiocruz epidemiology, provides the conditions for a very dangerous situation for the Brazilians in the present moment. “If health emergencies overlap with extremely precarious political and economic crises, it can create a humanitarian crisis,” he says. “Brazil, where he directs.” With reporting Flavia Milhorance / Rio de Janeiro This appears in the June 1, 2020 issue of time.

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