It could yet be the most embarrassing comment about a pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 2.5m people worldwide.
Will Brazilians who have lost close relatives to Covid-19 forgive a sitting President for such a statement?
With new cases and COVID-19-related deaths on the rise and hospitals reaching capacity in Brazil, the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, told Brazilians on Thursday to “stop whining” about the pandemic.
Speaking at an event for the opening of a new rail line in Sao Simao in south-central Goias state, the President of the South American country and COVID-19 skeptic lashed out at lockdown measures, saying deaths are regrettable, but questioned how long people will be “staying home and closing everything,” saying no one can stand it anymore.
Meanwhile, Sao Paulo Governor, Joao Doria has criticized the President’s statement as crazy.
Bolsonaro is “a crazy guy” who, he said, attacked the nation’s “governors and mayors who want to buy vaccines and help the country to end this pandemic.”
More than 260,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil, second only to the United States.