Nearly 100,000 Brazilians fell with the coronavirus and 2,507 died Wednesday as President Jair Bolsonaro struggled to cope with the pandemic.
Protests over the blasts have erupted in several Brazilian cities when President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the nation, just days after protesters took to the streets for their treatment of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed nearly half a million. of people in the country.
The last few days have been rocky for the right-wing leader, whose popularity had already been marked amid cases and cases of deaths and daily persistent COVID-19.
On Wednesday alone, nearly 100,000 Brazilians fell with the coronavirus and 2,507 died, according to government data.
Earlier in the day, the nation’s Supreme Court authorized a criminal investigation into Bolsonaro’s environment minister for allegedly interfering in a police investigation into illegal logging.
In Wednesday’s televised speech, Bolsonaro briefly summarized some of his government’s recent achievements and promised strong economic growth in the future, but did not present any new information.
On Saturday, thousands took part in protests in at least 16 cities across the country, which were organized by left-wing political parties, unions and student associations.
In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, thousands of people wearing masks blocked one of the largest city’s avenues, while a large balloon depicted Bolsonaro as a vampire.
Some protests, such as the one in Rio de Janeiro, included images of former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has become Bolsonaro’s main challenger in the nation’s 2022 elections, with the presidential belt.
Videos circulating on social media Wednesday night showed airlines all over the country with a soundtrack of loud bangs and calling for Bolsonaro’s conviction.
Next year anti-Bolsonism tends to be much bigger and more rejected than anti-policing was ever. O # 29MForaBolsonaro made the corresponding signal and emitted an alert signal. O #protest today in several cities in Brazil is another strong indication 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/UxAn7cU9tl
– George Marques 🇧🇷 (@GeorgMarques) June 3, 2021
In the brief speech of the night, Bolsonaro, who has ridiculed masks and vaccines in the past, said all Brazilians who wanted a vaccine could get one by the end of the year.
But in the evening, the country’s Ministry of Health reviewed the number of COVID-19 vaccines it will receive in June in about four million doses.
On Tuesday, the Bolsonaro government gained a slight boost after it was announced that the the country’s economy grew 1.2 percent of the fourth quarter, which was slightly higher than expected.
More than 16.6 million Brazilians have been diagnosed with the virus, with at least 465,000 deaths officially recorded.
Nearly 46 million people, representing almost 22% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 22.3 million, or 10.6% of the population, have been completely vaccinated, according to Our World in Data, which is compiled by Oxford University.