Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro stated on Thursday that the well being minister was getting ready a measure to now not require face masks for individuals who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus or beforehand contaminated.
Bolsonaro, who has opposed lockdowns and social distancing regardless of his nation having the second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak, stated in a speech that quarantines ought to be just for contaminated folks.
“They are helpful for people who find themselves contaminated,” he stated, including: “Quarantines are for individuals who are contaminated.”
Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga stated Bolsonaro has requested him for a examine on using masks in Brazil.
The minister, nevertheless, testified this week earlier than a Senate fee of inquiry that masks ought to be used to stop transmission. He additionally contradicted Bolsonaro on using hydroxychloroquine, saying there was no proof the anti-malaria drug is efficient in treating COVID-19 sufferers.
On a weekly webcast to his supporters, Bolsonaro defended using chloroquine and stated it had helped scale back COVID-19 deaths in Brazil, which he maintained have been over-reported by together with fatalities brought on by different sicknesses.
More than 480,000 Brazilians have died from COVID-19, the second worst dying depend exterior of the United States.
Meanwhile, Brazil’s vaccination program has been gradual to get off the bottom and the Senate inquiry is investigating whether or not Bolsonaro, a vaccine skeptic, intentionally delayed securing well timed provides.
Only 23.6% of Brazil’s inhabitants has obtained a primary dose and simply 10.2% have been totally vaccinated with two doses, based on well being ministry information.
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