Brazil Weekly

Covid-19 reaches the favela, where social isolation is nearly impossible

This week, we talk about how the coronavirus chips away at Bolsonaro’s legitimacy among voters. The arrival of Covid-19 to Rio’s favelas and the risk that poses.

Bolsonaro’s legitimacy crisis

Few governments have been so timid in their reaction to the novel coronavirus than Brazil’s. President Jair Bolsonaro has proved to be a skeptic, calling the disease—which has infected 343,000 and killed 15,000 people worldwide—a “little flu.” His son is picking fights with China, Brazil’s top trading partner. And his Economy Minister continues to resist spending any money to prevent a full-scale economic—and social—collapse.

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