Fresh off a bout of Covid-19, President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that nearly everyone would probably end up catching coronavirus, telling Brazilians to « face up to it » and there was nothing to fear.
The 65-year-old’s latest bid to downplay the pandemic came as Brazil closed in on the grim milestone of 100,000 people killed by the virus, the second-highest death toll in the world after the United States.
Mr Bolsonaro, who has just ended three weeks in quarantine, pointed to his own case as an example: « I’m in the high-risk group.
« I knew I was going to catch it someday, as I think unfortunately nearly everyone here is going to catch it eventually. What are you afraid of? Face up to it.
« I regret the deaths. But people die every day, from lots of things. That’s life. »
Mr Bolsonaro has faced criticism for his handling of the pandemic, which has surged in Brazil with more than 2.6 million cases and 92,475 deaths.