Coronavirus

Sacked Health Minister lifts lid on Bolsonaro’s Covid-19 response

In a tell-all book, Luiz Henrique Mandetta describes several behind-the-scenes moments of the government's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic

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President Jair Bolsonaro (left) and former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta. Photo: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Acrimoniously sacked as Health Minister in mid-April — and mid-pandemic — Luiz Henrique Mandetta has released a tell-all book covering events between January and April 16, when he was relieved of his duties after prolonged squabbles with President Jair Bolsonaro.

In “Um paciente chamado Brasil” (freely translated as “A Patient Called Brazil”), Mr. Mandetta displays his utter stupefaction with President Bolsonaro’s attitudes during the early weeks and months of the coronavirus epidemic in Brazil — from the conspiracy theories Mr. Bolsonaro used to explain the outbreak, to his denialism of the disease, and “magical” solutions for the virus.

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