Bolsonaro threatens to pull Brazil from WHO

Cheryl Sanders
June 6, 2020

Shortly after the World Health Organization warned Latin America that lifting lockdowns would be premature, President Bolsonaro threatened to consider quitting the "partisan" entity.

Recall that President Donald Trump sometime in May announced that the US would be withdrawing its relationship with the WHO.

The public does not need to get opinions from outside of the country about what is happening in Brazil, he added.

Brazil's total Covid-19 deaths have surged to 34,021 after its health ministry on Thursday reported 1,437 new deaths in the past 24 hours.

Brazil's death toll for the Covid-19 coronavirus has overtaken that of Italy, while Mexico has reported a record number of new cases.

Brazil has reported more than 34,000 deaths from the virus so far, meaning it surpassed the amount in Italy and trails only the United Kingdom and US Experts consider the tally a significant undercount due to insufficient testing.

The pandemic has killed almost 395,000 worldwide, with more than 6.7 million confirmed cases and over 2.7 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Latin America's most populous nations, Brazil and Mexico, are seeing the highest rates of new infections, though the pandemic is also gathering pace in countries such as Peru, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia.

Most Latin American leaders have taken the pandemic more seriously than Bolsonaro, but some politicians who backed strict lockdowns in March and April are pushing to open economies back up as hunger and poverty grow.

Bolsonaro said Brazil will consider leaving the WHO unless it stops being a "partisan political organization". Among six key criteria for easing quarantines, she said, "one of them is ideally having your transmission declining".

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