After talking about the new way of disclosing Covid-19 data by the Ministry of Health, President Jair Bolsonaro said that the population should film empty beds in public hospitals and said that there is “political gain” with the deaths that occurred during the pandemic . The statements were made in live broadcast on social networks on June 11th.
Bolsonaro reinforced the idea that the coronavirus pandemic that killed 40,919 Brazilians, until today, has been treated in an exaggerated way by the media and by state and municipal governments. For him, these numbers are not consistent with the truth.
“In which case the person had a series of health problems, he died. So far, there was no family member who had contracted the virus and appears there at death as COVID-19 ”, he said.
The president says that he receives dozens of reports of the kind and that he “does not know what happens”. Bolsonaro does not comment on the mortality rate in the country, which kills 20 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The time required for the coronavirus diagnostic test to obtain the result is also not taken into account by the president.
Bolsonaro also points out that he submits these alleged allegations of falsification of death certificates for investigation by the Federal Police and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin). He asks: “You there who have a field hospital close to you, a public hospital, right. Find a way to get in and shoot. A lot of people have done this, but more people have to do it to show if the beds are occupied or not ”.
Bolsonaro does not mention any statistical data or source to maintain that the hospitals would be empty. In contrast, a survey carried out by Folha at the state health secretariats showed that on June 8, at least nine Brazilian states had an occupancy rate above 80% in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The president also states that “he is unaware of any death from coronavirus that was caused by lack of respirators”.
Despite the statements by the chief executive, Brazil completed this Thursday, the third consecutive day registering more than 1,200 deaths and more than 30 thousand cases in 24 hours. Currently, there are 802,828 confirmations of the disease. Brazil, since May 22, is the second country in the world with the highest number of cases and deaths of Covid-19, behind only the United States.