Brazilian footballers, die, far-right President Bolsonaro says

This 30 April 2020 video says about itself:

‘So what’? Bolsonaro‘s response to coronavirus deaths riles Brazilians

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro angered many in Brazil after he answered questions about the country’s death toll from Covid-19 by saying: ‘so what?’. This week, Brazil‘s coronavirus death toll topped 5,000 and there are more than 73,000 confirmed cases reported.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 1 May 2020:

Jair Bolsonaro: Football can return because players have a ‘small chance of dying’ from Covid-19

BRAZIL’S right-wing President, Jair Bolsonaro, wants to see football competitions start back up again soon despite the country’s high number of coronavirus cases, arguing on Thursday that players are less likely to die from Covid-19 because of their physical fitness.

Bolsonaro is one of the few world leaders still downplaying the serious risks brought by the pandemic, which he has likened to “a little flu“.

Most football tournaments in Brazil were suspended on March 15. The Brazilian championship was scheduled to begin in May, but that looks unlikely as the country has become Latin America’s coronavirus epicentre with more than 5,900 deaths.

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