Bolsonaro Challenges Covid-19 Death Toll, Speaks of Fraud for ‘Political Purposes’

The President directly referred to the state of São Paulo, governed by João Doria, his one-time political ally, and also called into question data from Italy.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Without offering any evidence or proof, President Jair Bolsonaro challenged the accuracy of the death toll from the novel coronavirus on Friday afternoon, Mardh 27th, and mentioned that Brazilian states could be cheating on the death toll to make "political use" of the issue.  Bolsonaro questioned data from both Brazilian states and Italy, the country with the highest number of deaths.

Bolsonaro said that a number of states have artificially increased the number of victims to justify the social isolation measures being implemented.

"Now, what I am also seeing in some Brazilian states, if I am . . .

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