Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is often compared to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, has followed in his footsteps on the coronavirus crisis -- and gone even further.
Known for their shared talent for vitriol, social media rants and riling up their conservative bases, Trump and Bolsonaro have followed the same script on the virus: downplay its severity, don't sweat the facts, bet big on hydroxychloroquine, get the economy reopened.
In February, Trump told Americans the virus could "miraculously" disappear with warmer weather; in March, Bolsonaro told Brazilians not to pay attention to the "hysteria" around it and compared it to a "little flu."
But the two countries were on their way to having the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, with nearly 100,000 deaths in the US and 24,000 in Brazil.
Showing their disdain for medical experts, both presidents have flouted their advice.
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