Brazilian rapper MV Bill added his voice to a chorus of criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro for downplaying the gravity of the new coronavirus epidemic in a video clip that urges people to protect themselves.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday cast doubt on Sao Paulo's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak and accused the state governor of manipulating the numbers for political ends, without giving evidence for his claims.
A Brazilian court on Friday
allowed billionaire brothers Wesley and Joesley Batista to
attend board meetings at their family company, J&F
Investimentos, despite a ban on them taking leadership posts due
to a landmark corruption case.
Brazil on Friday barred all non-resident foreigners from entering the country via its airports to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but President Jair Bolsonaro urged Brazilians to return to work instead of practicing social distancing.
Brazil's main buyer of beef,
China, has resumed imports of Brazilian meat in high quantities,
after a slowdown in the first two months of the year due to the
coronavirus outbreak, industry sources told Reuters.
Brazil's federal government launched an advertising campaign against social distancing measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the latest flashpoint in a battle between President Jair Bolsonaro and state governors trying to stop the virus' spread.
A doctor working with the largest tribe in the Amazon has tested positive for the coronavirus, Brazil's Health Ministry said on Friday, ringing alarm bells that the epidemic could spread to vulnerable and remote indigenous communities with devastating effect.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday returned to criticizing the lockdowns in major cities across the country, saying that the resulting hunger from the economic fallout could be more deadly than the coronavirus it was aimed at combating.
Half a million rapid
coronavirus tests will arrive in Brazil on Monday, mining
company Vale SA said on Friday, after receiving the
first of 5 million tests from China as part of its efforts to
boost testing in Brazil's healthcare system.
Brazil's central bank on
Friday called for emergency powers to stabilize financial
markets during the coronavirus outbreak, with a draft
constitutional amendment seen by Reuters allowing for sweeping
purchases of "public or private financial assets" by the bank.
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