Bolsonaro challenges health minister while resource shortage worsens

The week in Brazilian politics. The last brief was dated April 1, from where this report will continue.

  • After his speech on Tuesday, where President Bolsonaro seemed to have adopted a more conciliatory tone, he continued to contradict his health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, saying that only risk groups should stay at home. A new poll shows that Mandetta’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last two weeks.
  • China cancels orders of ventilators and other equipment essential to combatting COVID-19, apparently to sell them to the higher-paying United States. Brazil will send military aircraft to transport equipment bought in China to make sure that the cargo does not get held up while passing through North America.
  • Finance Minister Paulo Guedes expects a higher deficit than the official forecast. A financial aid package to informal workers has been sanctioned by the president, but Guedes hints at more to come.
Bolsonaro and Finance Minister Paulo Guedes in a press conference on Wednesday. 
Photo: Marcos Corrêa/PR (CC BY 2.0).
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