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‘Our enemy is the virus, not the president or the governor’, says Bolsonaro – Prime Time Zone

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On a visit to the Covid Advanced Service Center in Chapecó, the president criticized restrictive measures against the coronavirus and defended the use of early treatment

MATEUS BONOMI / AGIF – PHOTOGRAPHY AGENCY / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 05/04/2021 President Jair Bolsonaro visited the Covid Advanced Service Center in Chapecó, Santa Catarina

The president Jair Bolsonaro (without a party) visited this Wednesday, 7, the Advanced Service Center to Covid in Chapeco, in Santa Catarina, and made a broad defense of the early treatment. The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, accompanied the president on the visit. They were welcomed by the mayor of the city, João Rodrigues (PSD). In his speech, President Bolsonaro preached “freedom above all”. “I was never in favor of restrictive measures, except in an emergency. Whoever gives up a millimeter of their freedom in exchange for security is condemned in the future to have neither, ”he said. “We have to join forces to overcome this enemy. We can’t stay at home Eternal waiting for the solution to fall from the sky ”, he justified.

Bolsonaro said he believes in science, but that scientific solutions take time to be discovered and it is necessary to invest in immediate treatments against Covid-19. “Why is this worldwide campaign against doctors and those who speak about immediate treatment? Why is that? ”He asked. “I think I am the only world leader who is beaten in isolation. The easiest is to be on the side of the dough, the vast majority. Our enemy is the virus, it is not the president, the governor or the mayor ”, he said. For him, allowing early treatment is nothing more than giving doctors freedom. “It is a right, a duty for the doctor. He has to look for an alternative. It is a crime to want to hinder the freedom of a health professional. ”

According to the president, when the Federal Supreme Court (STF) gave the states and municipalities autonomy to take public health measures during the coronavirus pandemic, the Court emphasized that the measures could be taken as long as they did not have a more harmful side effect than the virus. For Bolsonaro, the measures are being more harmful than beneficial. “I am not happy to grant aid, I wish it were not necessary, but it is to avoid the greatest evil,” he said, citing the impacts of the pandemic on the Brazilian economy. “There will be no national lockdown,” he said. “Our Brazilian army does not go to the street to keep the people at home,” added the president.

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