Coronavirus

Covid-19 and inequality: For whom the bells don’t toll

Jair Bolsonaro once famously declared that in order to truly solve Brazil’s problems, 30,000 would have to die. Covid-19's body count is almost there

Residents of the Babilônia favela, in Rio de Janeiro, disinfect the streets. Photo: Photocarioca/Shutterstock
Residents of the Babilônia favela, in Rio de Janeiro, disinfect the streets. Photo: Photocarioca/Shutterstock

“We are in this moment of tranquility when it comes to press coverage. Covid-19 is all [the media] talks about.” That phrase was uttered by Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, during a now-infamous April 22 cabinet meeting. He explained to his boss and peers the golden opportunity the administration had to do away with environmental regulations, as reporters’ focus was elsewhere. At that point, the pandemic had already killed 2,741 Brazilians.

It is apparent that this government is indifferent to the victims of the pandemic and the suffering it has inflicted. Whose lives then matter in Brazil? Certainly not the...

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