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MSNBC 22 May 2020

Brazil President 'Looking The Other Way' As Nation Becomes World's No. 2 Coronavirus Hotspot

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NBC News' Bill Neely: "There is a crisis here, but as far as President Bolsonaro is concerned, he's looking the other way." Aired on 05/22/2020.


Polygraph fact checks Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's Facebook post, Monday, May 4, saying he did not see any attacks against the media during a rally the previous day.
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On World Bee Day the President of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande emphasized the need to acknowledge the role of the bee in food security and biodiversity.
Protests with honking horns, anti-shutdown signs and angry Americans continued in Maryland, Texas and Wisconsin on April 18. Some called for jumpstarting the economy and firing Anthony S. Fauci.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro attacked Congress and the courts as he urged his right-wing supporters to rally against coronavirus curbs as he fights for his political survival,
The country has reported more than 100,000 infections nationwide from COVID-19 and in the Amazon state capital Manaus, hospitals are overwhelmed with more than 100 people dying from the disease per day.

Al Jazeera's Alessandro Rampietti reports.

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>>> UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A save the restaurants we love.
>>> UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A
NEW WORSE RESPONSE TO COVID
CONTENDER ON THE INTERNATIONAL
SCENE.
YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN THE CHARTS
THAT TRACK THE CUMULATIVE GROWTH
OF CORONAVIRUS, A METRIC HOW
WELL THEY ARE HANDLING THE
PANDEMIC AND HOW BAD THE
OUTBREAKS HAVE BEEN AND THE U.S.
THERE AT THE TOP HAS BEEN BAD,
RIGHT?
IT’S AT THE TOP.
A LOOK WHAT IS COMING UP THE
HILL, BRAZIL HAD ONE OF THE
WORST OUTBREAKS UNTIL THE WORLD.
>> Reporter: ON BRAZIL’S FRONT
LINE THE CASUALTIES ARE MOUNTING
HORRIFICALLY.
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF NEW CASES
EVERY DAY.
THIS INTENSIVE CARE UNIT LIKE
MOST FULL.
WHAT IS STRIKING IS HOW YOUNG
PEOPLE ARE IN HERE.
>> YEAH, IT’S INCREDIBLE.
BECAUSE MOST OF PEOPLE IS AROUND
40 YEARS OLD.
>> Reporter: 40?
>> 40.
>> Reporter: SOME ARE IN THEIR
30s?
>> YES, YES.
>> Reporter: THE DEATH TOLL IS
DOUBLING SO FAST THEY CAN’T DIG
THE GRAVES QUICKLY ENOUGH.
THESE ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE
LIVING IN LATIN AMERICA’S MOST
DENSELY POPULATED AREA.
THEIR POVERTY TURBO CHARGING
BRAZIL’S DEATH TOLL.
PEOPLE LIVE HERE SOMETIMES SIX
OR SEVEN TO A ROOM SO SOCIAL
DISTANCING IS IMPOSSIBLE AND IF
THEY DON’T GO OUT TO WORK, THEY
DON’T EAT.
YOU’RE WORRIED.
IT’S DIFFICULT.
AND THEY’RE SCARED.
MOST PEOPLE DON’T WEAR MASKS,
THEY CAN’T GET THEM.
THEY LOST JOBS SO THEY ARE FED
BY AID GROUPS.
IN THE CENTER OF BARRAZIL’S
RICHEST CITY, THE JOBLESS LINE
UP FOR FOOD.
THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES BILLIONS
IN AID BUT WANTS LOCKDOWNS TO
END AND BRAZIL TO GET BACK TO
WORK.
AT A SOCCER STADIUM, A NEW FIELD
HOSPITAL READY FOR THE NEXT
WAVE.
BRAZIL SAY EXPERTS STILL WEEKS
AWAY FROM ITS PEAK OF
INFECTIONS.
>> AND BILL NEELY HAS BEEN DOING
GREAT REPORTING ON THIS AND
JOINS ME LIVE TONIGHT FROM
BRAZIL.
THERE IS A BUNCH OF THINGS IN
YOUR REPORTING YOU SHOW PEOPLE’S
POVERTY, THE FACT THAT IT’S VERY
DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO NOT WORK,
PARTICULARLY IF THEY HAVE JOBS
THAT REQUIRE THEIR PHYSICAL
PRESENCE, THE FACT PEOPLE ARE
LIVING CLOSE TOGETHER BUT I
WONDER IF YOU CAN TALK ABOUT
BOLSONARO’S APPROACH WHICH IS
DISTANT TO OTHER WORLD LEADERS
IN TERMS OF HOW HE’S APPROACHED
IT.
>> DEFIANT.
YOU MAY REMEMBER WHEN BRAZIL
PASSED 5,000 DEATHS, HE WAS
ASKED ABOUT THAT AND SAID SO
WHAT?
WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?
WHEN IT PASSED 10,000 DEATHS, HE
TOOK A TRIP ON A JET SKI AND
SAID TO SOME PEOPLE AT A
BARBECUE LOOK, 70% OF THE
POPULATION ARE GOING TO GET
THIS.
THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO.
NOW IT’S PAST 20,000.
YOU MIGHT EXPECT SOME PRESIDENTS
OR HEADS OF STATE TO GIVE A
SOMBER SPEECH, NO.
PRESIDENT BOLSONARO SIMPLY
DOUBLED DOWN ON THE CALL FOR THE
LOCKDOWNS TO END AND CHRIS, JUST
WITHIN THE LAST FEW MINUTES,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY FIGURES
SHOW THAT BRAZIL IS NOW THE
SECOND COUNTRY IN THE WORLD FOR
CASES AND AGAIN, JUST A FEW
MINUTES AGO, ANOTHER 1,000
DEATHS WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY SO
THERE IS A CRISIS HERE, BUT AS
FAR AS PRESIDENT BOLSONARO IS
CONCERNED, HE’S SIMPLY LOOKING
THE OTHER WAY.
>> YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING I’VE
BEEN FOLLOWING IN THIS STORY
THAT HAD SOME ECHOES IN THE
U.S., WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY THERE
IS A FEDERAL SYSTEM THERE AND
STATES AND MAYORS THAT THERE ARE
LOCAL ELECTED LEADERS WHO HAVE
BEEN ATTEMPTING LOCKDOWNS AND
BEEN SERIOUS ABOUT TRYING TO GET
PEOPLE TO STAY IN DOORS AND
FIGHT THE VIRUS AND BOLSONARO
HAS BEEN AT WAR WITH THEM.
THERE IS A BATTLE BETWEEN LOCAL
LEADERS AND THE FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT, IS THAT RIGHT?
>> THERE IS A BATTLE AND
PROBABLY THE TWO DOZEN STATE
GOVERNORS ARE ACTUALLY UNITED IN
OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT.
SO HE IS STILL CALLING FOR THE
LOCKDOWNS TO END.
HE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN SOCIAL
DISTANCING.
I SPOKE TO THE GOVERNOR AWHILE
AGO AND HE SAID THERE ARE TWO
VIRUSES IN BRAZIL, ONE IS
CORONAVIRUS AND THE OTHER IS
BOLSONARO VIRUS.
THERE IS -- THAT’S THE PROBLEM
FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE.
YOU KNOW, IN THIS CITY THERE ARE
20 MILLION PEOPLE AND AS A
DOCTOR SAID TO ME TODAY, 10
MILLION PEOPLE ARE IN LOCKDOWN
BUT 10 MILLION ARE OUT ON THE
STREETS SO 10 MILLION PEOPLE
POTENTIALLY ARE SPREADING THE
INFECTION FURTHER AND PEOPLE
GENUINELY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO
LISTEN TO AND IN A SLUM LIKE THE
ONE YOU SAW ME IN, I MEAN,
PEOPLE WERE SAYING TO ME LOOK, I
NEED TO GO OUT TO WORK TO FEED
MY FAMILY BUT IF I GO OUT TO
WORK, MY FAMILY MIGHT NOT
SURVIVE BECAUSE I MAY BRING THE
VIRUS IN AND INFECT THEM.
SO PEOPLE ARE REALLY CAUGHT AND
THERE IS NO LEADERSHIP FROM THE
TOP OR NO UNITED NATIONAL
STRATEGY WHATSOEVER, CHRIS.
>> STORY OUT OF BRAZIL.
IT REALLY IS ONE OF THE MOST
DISTRESSING STORIES IN THE WORLD

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