Brazil erratic strategy to combat Covid-19: advocates the use of chloroquine


Worldwide there have been 4.9 million confirmed infections and over 323,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

The infection totals in Brazil and the outbreak in Argentina have propelled South America ahead of North America as the continent with the most new confirmed cases.

"We are at war".

Brazil reported more than 3,30,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus as of Friday, surpassing Russian Federation to become the nation with the second-highest number of infections, behind only the U.S., according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

He believes that containment measures are too painful in a country where tens of millions of workers depend on low-paid jobs in the informal sector.

São Paulo Governor João Doria - who has previously described the president's views on tackling the disease as "Bolsonarovirus" - called for unity.

"The request for the arrest of the President's cell phone is inconceivable" and, if this were to happen, it would be "an affront to the highest authority" and "an inadmissible interference", which could even 'have unforeseeable consequences for national stability, '" he said.

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Brazil erratic strategy to combat Covid-19: advocates the use of chloroquine

The virus's impact has accelerated in Rio de Janeiro state in recent days.

Bolsonaro has compared the new coronavirus to a "little flu" and condemned the "hysteria" around it, arguing lockdown measures would trigger an economic crisis that could cause more death and suffering than the virus itself.

He has gone through two health ministers since the pandemic began, and the crucial ministry is now in the hands of an interim, army general Eduardo Pazuello.

Medical experts, including Marcos Espinal, director for communicable diseases at the Pan American Health Organization, have warned that studies show the drugs, first developed in the 1950s to fight malaria, to be unhelpful and potentially risky in treating the novel coronavirus.

No sooner was Teich out the door than Bolsonaro's government recommended Wednesday that all COVID-19 patients receive one of the drugs as soon as they show symptoms. "Worse than defeat would be the shame of not putting up a fight", Bolsonaro tweeted about the government decision to put forward the drugs without proof of their effectiveness.

"A hope, as reported by many who used it", Bolsonaro said Wednesday, a day after his USA counterpart, Donald Trump, announced that he will continue to take hydroxychloroquine because he is "curious" about its effects.

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