COVID-19: Jair Bolsonaro, Brazilian President, sentenced for not wearing a mask

The law is the same for everyone! Saturday June 12, 2021, Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president was fined one hundred and eight dollars. And for good reason, the latter participated in a demonstration of bikers in the State of Sao Paulo with an open helmet and without a mask. While he also failed to comply with social distancing measures, authorities in the state of Sao Paulo said they also fined his son Eduardo, a member of the reais 552 reais (about $ 108). Congress, and the Minister of Infrastructure, Tarcisio Gomes, for failing to respect social distancing measures during the rally.

While the pandemic has killed nearly 500,000 people in Brazil, the far-right president regularly criticizes containment measures and the wearing of masks. Despite having tested positive for Covid-19 himself, Jair Bolsonaro continues to make controversial statements. While only 10% of the population had received two doses of a vaccine, he confided a few days earlier: “It is impossible for a vaccinated person to transmit the virus!” For RFI, a Brazilian, Carlos, assured to agree with the president. “I agree with the president! For those who have been vaccinated twice, I agree with him. Here, it’s not Japan, there are people who are beautiful, we will not all stay masked, mate !. Everyone is depressed. Me, I already had the Covid, I was hospitalized. That’s life, my friend. We are here to die, we do not say to be afraid “, did he declare.

Jair Bolsonaro’s statements divide

While the pandemic is far from under control, many Brazilians have expressed their disagreement with Jair Bolsonaro’s statements. This is particularly the case of Maria, a mother, who told RFI: “I know several people who have been vaccinated with two doses, and there is one who was even intubated. Miraculously, she s ‘got over it, and she was able to go home after three weeks, but it was a miracle. You are never 100% protected, even the vaccines are not 100% safe, so like that, we would be even less so! “

Jair Bolsonaro © Fotoarena

Jair Bolsonaro © Fotoarena
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