Vice President also took a stand against a national lockdown and said restrictive measures should be taken by mayors and governors
One day after Brazil surpassed the mark of 300 thousand deaths caused by Covid-19, the vice president Hamilton Mourao affirmed, on the morning of this Thursday, 25, that “the number of deaths has already exceeded the limit of common sense”. With vaccination still at an early stage and the collapse of the hospital network in several states, the country is experiencing the worst moment since the beginning of the pandemic. With the exception of the United States, Brazil is the only nation in the world that has reached a record 300,000 deaths, accounting for 11% of deaths from coronavirus worldwide. In addition, according to the average of the last seven days, for every four deaths recorded on the planet, one happened in Brazil. “Now there is a new Minister of Health, he took charge yesterday. Talked to you [da imprensa]. And now we are going to face what is there and try in every way to reduce the number of people infected and, obviously, the number of deaths that, well, has already exceeded the limit of common sense ”, said Mourão.
The vice president also stated that he does not see “conditions for a national lockdown” due to regional inequalities. “This is impossible to be implemented, it will be only on paper”. In Mourão’s assessment, restrictive measures must be adopted by mayors and governors. “Everyone knows what is happening in their area. The federal government has to give the necessary support when it is – I do not say in the case of these measures – but the government’s support is in terms of financial resources, ”he said. Last week, President Jair Bolsonaro filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Federal Court (STF) asking that the decrees with measures to restrict circulation by the governors of the Federal District, Ibaneis Rocha (MDB), from Bahia, Rui Costa (PT), and Rio Grande do Sul, Eduardo Leite (PSDB), were overthrown – as Prime Time Zone showed, the request was denied by Minister Marco Aurélio Mello.