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Bolsonarists said the pandemic would be over by now. That was 11,000 deaths ago

Exactly one month ago, allies of President Bolsonaro said the pandemic was "plummeting" and that the crisis would be over by now

Bolsonarists said the pandemic would be over by now. That was 11,000 deaths ago
Former Citizenship Minister Osmar Terra (left) and Jair Bolsonaro. “Two, three more weeks, and it’s over.” Photo: Carolina Antunes/PR

Exactly one month ago, Congressman Osmar Terra — Jair Bolsonaro’s Citizenship Minister at the time — sent an audio message to Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, the president’s eldest son, foretelling the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. “The good news is that the epidemic is already declining. The peak was reached late in March […] The epidemic is not falling, it’s plummeting. The number of new cases is going down at an astonishing pace. Two, three more weeks, and it’s over. […] It’s time to celebrate.”

When Mr. Terra prematurely called for celebrations, the coronavirus had infected 25,000 Brazilians, killing 1,500. Now,...

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