translated from Spanish: Bolsonaro walks through Brasilia against health recommendations

Brasilia.-Brazil’s president, far-right Jair Bolsonaro, walked through Brasilia and some of its satellite cities on Sunday, and spoke with his neighbors, against health recommendations to maintain social isolation to contain the coronavirus. The 65-year-old representative left the Alvorada Palace, his official residence in Brasilia, and visited by surprise the towns of Ceilandia, Taguatinga and Sobradinho, in the metropolitan region of the Brazilian capital, as he divulged on his social networks. Thebagnaro getaway, which is not on its official agenda, comes a day after its health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, reinforced the need to stay at home, even for young people, and to avoid crowds to contain the pandemic.

«I decided to go for a walk and talked to informal, street workers. They told me the trade had fallen a lot,» the representative told reporters.

«We have the problem of the virus, no one denies it, but also the question of unemployment. Employment is essential,» he said. In Ceilandia, the far-right leader approached the doors of a trade and exchanged a few words with a woman, in the midst of a cloud of curious people trying to record the moment with their mobile phones.» We have to work because if not, the country will go bankrupt,» a neighbor to the ruler speculated.» Open the churches, for God’s sake,» he asked for another.

Image provided by State Agency of an element of the Armed Forces sanitizing a metro/xinhua station

In Taguatinga, Bolsonaro spoke to an informal worker, one of the groups most affected by quarantines adopted, with greater or lesser scope, by the governors of the 27 states of the country, including that of Brasilia, to contain the pandemic.
«I go where the people are because I am part of the people and so the head of state must behave,» he justified himself, then stressing that «he cannot fall into hysteria.» He also said that he is «thinking» of publishing a decree that allows any professional, formal or informal, to work, so «see it necessary for the livelihood of his children,» he added.» If I don’t hear the people talking, how am I going to feel so I can act?» he added. The president, a captain of the Army Reserve, has harshly criticized such restrictive measures to prevent the expansion of the pandemic and demanded a return to «immediate» normalcy to keep the economy afloat.

Bolsonaro also advocates the reopening of schools and a quarantine only reserved for people over 60 years of age and those with chronic diseases. By decree he allowed lottery houses and religious temples to remain in operation, although Justice tore down the text. However, on Sunday he announced that he will appeal to higher instances of that judgment.» I have to make decisions, I can’t make decisions over the wall and act politically right because the nation is sinking,» he said. Brazil recorded until this Saturday 114 deaths and almost 4,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with the state of Sao Paulo being the main focus of the pandemic in the country and where a temporary quarantine has also been decreed.

Armed Forces elements carry protective suits as they disinfect Metro/Xinhua Central Station

Bolsonaro became considered a suspected case of coronavirus after twenty people who accompanied him during his recent trip to the United States tested positive for the disease, although, in his case and after two tests, the result was negative. Brasilia disinfects to prevent further contagionIn the Federal District of Brazil, as of this Saturday, health authorities had reported 260 confirmed cases of coronavirus, without any deaths. On Sunday, Brazilian Army soldiers took action on the Brasilia metro to disinfect platforms, stations and premises of heavy passenger circulation to contain the spread of the pandemic in the capital. 

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