Brazil’s President Downplays Coronavirus, yet “Hunger is not Bogus”

For weeks, the Afro-Brazilian family has lived on rice and beans. Fruit, vegetables, milk, cheese, yogurt, are all things of the past. "The economic impact of Covid-19 will be tremendous."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At the entrance to the unplastered brick house, protective masks made of cloth are drying on a clothesline. Several of them have holes. The picture symbolizes how the Rio family living here is coping with the pandemic: they are doing what they can with what they have. Adilson de Paula, his wife Ana Maria, and their 18-year-old son receive a monthly aid of R$600 (US$120).

At the end of August, state aid for casual workers in the coronavirus crisis will come to an end. "After that our fate is in God's . . .

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