Two Twitter messages from the official account of the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, in which he questioned social isolation measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus they were eliminated this Sunday night under the argument that “violated the rules” of the social network.
The far-right leader had published three videos in which he was seen to be contrary to the guidelines of his Ministry of Health walking this Sunday through Brasilia, reaching out to followers in small crowds and reinforcing their call to break the quarantine.
Two of the three posts were deleted Sunday night, with one remaining label explaining its removal.
“Twitter recently announced worldwide the expansion of its rules to reach content that eventually goes against public health information directed by official sources and may place people at greater risk of transmitting covid-19,” the social network said in a statement. to the media.
Twitter deleted Bolsonaro’s messages for breaching coronavirus rules.
“What I have talked with people is that they want to work, what I have said from the beginning, we are going to be careful, over 65 years old stays at home,” Bolsonaro told a street vendor in one of the deleted videos.
Less than 24 hours before, Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta had again highlighted the importance of social isolation in the fight against the disease, which in Brazil totals 4,256 cases and 136 deaths.
“Death is there, if God wants. We just can’t stand still, there is fear because if you don’t die of the disease, you starve,” says the vendor to Bolsonaro, who replies, “you’re not going to die.”
The 65-year-old far-right president also promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus. Relying on “a French study,” the remedy “is a reality,” Bolsonaro said.
When consulted, her advice did not specify which study she was referring to.
In a fourth video released, the president, who advocates a “return to normality” in the country, questioned the quarantine defended by governors and some mayors as a containment measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
“That horizontal isolation, if it continues like this, with the amount of unemployment later on, we will have a very serious problem that will take years to resolve,” he said in the piece taped outside the official residence.
“Brazil cannot stop if we turn to Venezuela,” Bolsonaro later said outside his official residence.
“Some want me to shut up, follow the protocols, how many times does the doctor not follow the protocol,” said the president. “Let’s face the virus with reality, it is life, we must all die one day,” he added.
Bolsonaro describes the new coronavirus as “a flu” and advocates the reopening of shops and schools, and the isolation exclusively for people over 60 (those most vulnerable to the disease), without explaining how this could be done.