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São Paulo, Brazil – The Brazilian Senate has opened an investigation into how President Jair Bolsonaro dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, condemned by many medical experts as one of the worst in the world.

Country number of people dying of the disease, the second highest after the United States, is expected to surpass 360,000 on Wednesday, as the average daily death toll for seven days remains above 3,000.

The National Health Secretariat reported 3,808 deaths and 82,186 new cases on Tuesday.

Bolsonaro, a far-right populist and former army captain, despised the pandemic from the outset, viewed it as a “minor flu” and doubted the effectiveness of masks and vaccines, and was continue Gather against door lock measures and authorities do them.

“Can’t they understand that this door lock, shutdown policy is wrong?” Bolsonaro asked a crowd of his supporters at the gate of the presidential palace in the capital city of Brasilia on Wednesday.

The same afternoon, the Brazilian Supreme Court authorized the opening of the Senate investigation, known locally by its Portuguese acronym CPI, in a move welcomed by opposition senators. .

“The government’s record in dealing with the pandemic is the worst that can happen,” Humberto Costa, former health minister and leftist Workers Party senator, told Al Jazeera.

“Bolsonaro is scared to death from the CPI … of the accusations that will come and what will be revealed … about the possibility of impeachment and not being re-elected next year.”

Costa said the investigation will investigate allegations that Bolsonaro sabotaged measures that were out of society, targeting local authorities trying to implement door-lock measures, negligence in purchasing vaccines, as well as touting ineffective drugs like chloroquine. In total, 11 senators and seven alternates will form the committee, who will call witnesses to testify.

One of the main focuses will be how hospitals in the Amazonian capital Manaus out of oxygen. Another would be the former health minister, General Eduardo Pazuello, whom federal prosecutors filed on Wednesday for lack of oxygen. crisis in Manaus.

Senators in the president’s ruling coalition have called for the investigation not to be used for “political” purposes. Sen. Nelsinho Trad, an ally of Bolsonaro, told CNN Brazil on Tuesday: “We need to focus on delivering positive results for our country.

Brazil has reported the second most coronavirus-related deaths in the world [File: Fernando Bizerra/EPA]

The investigation could lead to impeachment or even arrest of the president, although analysts say those results are unlikely, at least for now.

That is partly because senators loyal to Bolsonaro have expanded the scope of the investigation to include Brazilian mayors and governors, which Rafael Cortez, a political scientist at consulting firm Tendencias in Sao Paulo , said horse trade could be open before next year’s elections.

The investigation is seen by many as an attempt to overload – and thus dilute – its final findings.

But Cortez said the CPI could affect Bolsonaro’s popularity and his chances of re-election next year, especially as many major voters struggle with rising poverty and unemployment, food insecurity and famine, as well as reducing the emergency COVID-19 cash payments.

“The most likely scenario here is that the government cannot restore its popularity,” Cortez said.

Despite the pandemic and its aftermath, the president still commanded significantly, although support from both the Brazilian Parliament and voters was declining.

The latest Datafolha polls, conducted in mid-March, found that 44% of respondents thought the Bolsonaro government was “bad or bad”, but 30% said that it is “good or excellent”.

However, observers expect these numbers to be even worse. “If the elections take place today, it is very likely he will lose,” Cortez said.

Since the Brazilian Supreme Court removed the former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted of corruptionThe popular leftist leader is thought to be going head-to-head with Bolsonaro in 2022. Polls show Lula will have a high chance of winning.

Meanwhile, April was the second worst month of the pandemic in Brazil, with nearly 37,000 reported deaths as of Tuesday, after more than 66,000 people died in March. A recent University of Washington study predicts that 100,000 Brazilians will die from COVID-19 this month.

On Tuesday, a committee of the Brazilian bar association wrote in a report that Bolsonaro had formed a “death republic” and committed “responsibility” and “against humanity” with the reaction of him for the COVID-19 crisis.



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