- Dec 11, 2018
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has sacked his popular health minister Luiz Mandetta after a weeks-long standoff between the two men over radically different views of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mandetta has defended social isolation while the far-right president insists the impact of the pandemic on Brazil’s struggling economy is more important than loss of life.
Bolsonaro’s downplaying of coronavirus – and his public call for Brazil to relax quarantine measures and get back to work – have appalled critics and many citizens, sparking nightly pot-banging protests in major cities.
Bolsonaro fires popular health minister after dispute over coronavirus response
Luiz Mandetta defended physical distancing while Bolsonaro has downplayed impact of coronavirus and called for measures to be relaxed