Bolsonaro to Call on Health Minister Mandetta to Isolate Only the Elderly and Sick

The President was widely criticized for his nationally broadcast speech, which ignored expert advice to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro said he will call on the Ministry of Health to change its strategy of isolating the population during the new coronavirus pandemic.

Upon leaving the Alvorada Palace on Wednesday, Bolsonaro said he would discuss the decision with Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta.

After making a statement criticizing confinement and advocating the opening of businesses and schools, the head of the country called for the adoption of what he termed "vertical isolation," that is, only for the elderly and people with comorbidities (other health conditions that weaken the immune response).

"I spoke with Mandetta . . .

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