Bolsonaro slams virus quarantines

 thehindu.com  03/25/2020 17:36:12 

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference amidst the coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic at the Palacio do Alvorada on March, 25, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

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.

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