Brazil: Bolsonaro is shooting himself in foot — Sao Paulo locals comment on health minister's resignation

Residents of Sao Paulo gave their opinion on Friday about the resignation of Brazilian Health Minister, Nelson Teich, due to disagreements with the country's President, Jair Bolsonaro, about the management of the coronavirus crisis. The minister's resignation comes less than a month after him taking office on April, 16. Teich replaced Luis Henrique Mandetta, who had been dismissed by Bolsonaro... Еще for defending the quarantine measures. According to reports, the biggest disagreements between Teich and Bolsonaro were related to the quarantine and the use of chloroquine to treat coronavirus patients. The president insists that the antimalarial drug should be applied to all patients, even though its effectiveness has not been proven. «The resignation of [Brazilian Health Minister Nelson] Teich is not a surprise, since our government and the president of the republic want people to do what he says,» said Ana Carla, a resident of Sao Paulo. Jose, another local, stated that with his attitude and management of the COVID-19 pandemic «President [Jair Bolsonaro] is shooting himself in the foot.» A social worker at the Hospital do Coracao, Raul said that the news «scared him» and that he suspected a «political game» might be taking place with the resignation. Citizens «don't know what's going on,» he added. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has registered 212,198 cases of the coronavirus with 14,455 deaths related to the disease.

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