At least 133 people died due to coronavirus in Brazil this Wednesday, with which the number of deaths has risen to 800, while 16,000 infections have been confirmed. The death rate of Covid-19 in the South American giant is 5% but it is feared that it will increase in the coming weeks. A fact has particularly startled the health authorities and leads them to consider the most pessimistic horizons: the beginning of fatal cases in the slums from Rio de Janeiro, known as “favelas”. In Rocinha, one of the emblematic communities in the southern area of the “wonderful city”, where more than 100,000 people live, five deaths have been reported. The lethality of the pandemic was also felt in Manguinhos, in the north of Rio de Janeiro, on three occasions. There are still 78 deaths under investigation. Only in Rio de Janeiro there are 763 “favelas” that house 1.5 million people. The State is an absent figure and the “favelados”, as their inhabitants are called, are the most exposed to overcrowding and water scarcity, in addition to violence by drug traffickers, the security forces, and the police. The presence of the virus in these neighborhoods may signify a more dramatic turn in the upward evolution of cases.
The other “free ground for coronavirus“He is the prisoner, according to the Istoé magazine.” Overcrowding and a lack of medical equipment hinder disease prevention measures. “
In this context, President Jair Bolsonaro was again the subject of a loud panning in the main Brazilian cities. According to the consulting firm Datafolha, 17% of the people who voted for it in 2018 have regretted that decision. his social acceptance is these days 33% but it tends to decrease as the crisis progresses. With the rumbling of the background pans, the retired captain returned to the country and criticized the quarantine decreed by most states. “I respect the autonomy of the governors and mayors,” he said, in what seemed an act of acceptance of reality. But he immediately attacked: “the Federal Government has not been consulted about its scope or duration.”
Bolsonaro sees daily how its political power is cut. Last Monday the military, who co-govern with him, prevented him from kicking out the Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, advocate of measures of social self-isolation and growing popularity. This Wednesday the president had a new judicial setback. Minister Alexandre de Moraes, of the Federal Supreme Court, ruled that the regions and municipalities have the power to take these restrictive measures. The Executive, he added, cannot “unilaterally dismiss” the decisions of the regional and municipal authorities.
“It is difficult to have a president who don’t believe in science“Gilberto Menezes Côrtes said in his column published in the Rio de Janeiro newspaper Jornal do Brasil.” “Obfuscated with his Minister of Health, powerless against the decisions made by governors and mayors, the president retains the power to exacerbate the already tragic crisis sanitary and economic. In the absence of a better idea, he threatens to exercise it, “the São Paulo daily Folha said in its editorial.” An impoverished Brazil will face another economic recession, which will not be avoided by the tirades against quarantines. A leader is expected to have a sense of sacrifice, to save lives, and to demonstrate with deeds, rather than sterile talks, the will to decrease them. “