Brazil’s Defense Minister denies vacant beds in military hospitals

During a hearing in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defense. Minister Braga Netto denied the existence of vacant beds for the treatment of Covid-19 in military hospitals, explaining that the rate of infection among the military was higher than among civilians.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Defense Minister Walter Souza Braga Netto, on April 29th, denied the existence of vacant beds for the treatment of Covid-19 in military hospitals. During a hearing in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defense, the minister said that there are no surplus beds and that the contamination rate of military personnel by the virus is higher than in the general population.

"It is exactly the opposite. We don't have availability [of beds], our contamination rate is higher in the military family, which covers the reserve personnel," he said, although offering no figures . . .

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