Bolsonaro says he ‘wouldn’t feel anything’ if infected with Covid-19 and attacks state lockdowns

Brazil’s president uses national televised address to dismiss state-based health measures ‘scorched earth’ tactics

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Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has claimed he “wouldn’t feel anything” if infected with coronavirus and rubbished efforts to contain the illness with large-scale quarantines as his country’s two biggest cities went into shutdown in a desperate bid to save lives.

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday night, Bolsonaro slammed what he branded the economically damaging “scorched earth” tactics being used to slow the advance of an illness that has now claimed about 15,000 lives around the world.

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