Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out at what he called scorched-earth quarantine policies to contain the pandemic, on March 25, saying they risked wrecking the economy.
The far-right leader condemned the containment measures in places such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, saying they risked killing people's jobs in a misguided effort to save lives.
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Some state and local authorities need to abandon the scorched-earth concept: blocking transport, closing businesses and confining people en masse, he said.
We need to preserve jobs and families livelihoods. Mr. Bolsonaro said.