In Brazil, the development of the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating and the country sometimes records more than a thousand deaths per day. The foremost among the victims are the poor and isolated. Yet right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro continues to deny the seriousness of the situation.
– President Bolsonaro’s strategy, a risky venture. Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, now laments more than 24,500 dead, according to figures from the ministry – which, according to the scientific community, is largely undervalued – and records at least 391,200 infected people. Despite fierce opposition from President Jair Bolsonaro, the disaster states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro determined the population at the end of March. But this measure is not accompanied by any coercion and is clearly not enough to prevent the spread of the pandemic. For his part, the populist president, who described the disease as “little flu,” continues. To hell with containment, masks and barrier gestures … He multiplies the audience to meet his supporters.
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– In the favorites in Rio de Janeiro, residents are particularly affected by Covid-19. In the absence of hygiene, health coverage and access to care, it is difficult to escape the virus. In these shantytowns, the cases are multiplied, the sick are younger than the average victim worldwide and are more seriously affected. Report by Fanny Lothaire and Laura Damase.
– Indigenous peoples, especially vulnerable. Already threatened by growing deforestation since the election of Jair Bolsonaro, the natives find themselves helpless to the coronavirus. NGOs fear the eradication of certain tribes living in the most remote regions of the country.
– Meeting with Brazilian artist Julio Villani, who lives between Rio and Paris. Very upset with the authorities in his country, this plastic artist spreads his message on the walls of the Brazilian embassy in Paris.
>> See our reporters: “Populism and the pandemic, the Brazilian shock”