As coronavirus deaths in Brazil surge, Bolsonaro limits the release of data
The sudden removal of the cumulative data touched off an avalanche of criticism as people in cities returned to their balconies to bang pots and detractors suggested the federal government was trying to obscure the gravity of a public health crisis it has done little to address. President Jair Bolsonaro, who continues to dismiss the disease even as it maims his country, has repeatedly questioned the accuracy of the data and grown increasingly assertive in his efforts to restrict access to it.
His administration rescheduled the daily release of data last week so that it would come out after newspaper deadlines and nightly news programs. Bolsonaro said Friday that the delay “stopped the stories in the ‘National Journal,’ ” a popular nightly news show.
One of Brazil’s top health officials, appointed earlier this month, also sought to undermine the country’s coronavirus numbers on Friday. Carlos Wizard, the health ministry’s new secretary of science and technology, said a new count should be available within a month.
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[Source: Washington Post]