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Bolsonaro slams virus quarantines

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference amidst the coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic at the Palacio do Alvorada on March, 25, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a press conference amidst the coronavirus (COVID - 19) pandemic at the Palacio do Alvorada on March, 25, 2020 in Brasilia, Brazil.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

“We need to preserve jobs and families’ livelihoods,” the Brazilian President said.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lashed out at what he called “scorched-earth” quarantine policies to contain the pandemic, on March 25, saying they risked wrecking the economy.

The far-right leader condemned the containment measures in places such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, saying they risked killing people's jobs in a misguided effort to save lives.

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“Some state and local authorities need to abandon the scorched-earth concept: blocking transport, closing businesses and confining people en masse,” he said.

“We need to preserve jobs and families’ livelihoods.” Mr. Bolsonaro said.

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