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Bolsonaro’s death drive

The Brazilian president has engineered a humanitarian catastrophe

By Julia Blunck  

Image: Foto Arena LTDA / Alamy Stock Photo

A Brazilian death is, above all, unremarkable. A country with less than 3 per cent of the global population has borne over 10 per cent of reported Covid-19 deaths: the daily toll hovers around 3,000. It may yet, of course, grow further. When we reached 100,000 deaths in August last year, it felt momentous. The slow march towards 400,000, by comparison, barely registers. The numbers have become meaninglessly high. We simply can’t process them any more.

In many of the states which make up Brazil’s federal system, life has returned almost to normal. Streets are crowded; maskless men…

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