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The President of Brazil spoke at a rally against restrictions due to the coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took part in a demonstration in the capital of Brasilia against the restrictive measures that were introduced because of the coronavirus. In total, about 600 people participated in the action, AFP reported on Monday, April 20.

Participants of the action demanded the closure of the Parliament and the appearance of the army on the side of Bolsonaro. The President made a speech at the rally, which he had to interrupt several times because of a cough, the Agency reports.

The Parliament and regional heads in Brazil have imposed a ban on leaving the house due to the coronavirus epidemic. Bolsonaro criticizes these measures, calls the virus “a small flu,” and the fight against the spread of the coronavirus “hysteria.” Earlier, Bolsonaro dismissed the country’s popular Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who was one of the main proponents of social distancing in Brazil.

Now Brazil ranks first among Latin American countries in the number of infected with the coronavirus. More than 38 thousand people are infected in the country, and about 2.5 thousand have died. Bolsonaro on April 17 proposed to open borders with neighboring states.