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Brazil’s Health Ministry calls out anti-vaxxers in efforts against coronavirus

As the coronavirus reaches Brazil, the country's highest health authorities have set out to reassure the population and combat misinformation

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Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta during a meeting with President Bolsonaro. Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR

On Wednesday, the Health Ministry confirmed Brazil’s first case of the novel coronavirus. As we reported in Wednesday’s Weekly Report, a 61-year-old man developed symptoms three days after arriving from Italy, where he was on a business trip. According to the Brazilian press, the man met with 30 of his family members last Sunday—among them children—before seeking medical help. With the Covid-19 virus having now reached Brazil, the population fears a mass outbreak and is unsure about whether the country’s health system can handle such a spread.

The Health Ministry assures Brazil is up to the task, however. The...

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