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

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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 US 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

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>> YOU MENTIONED SOMETHING I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING IN THIS STORY THAT HAD SOME ECHOES IN THE US, 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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