Read Legenda Explanation. This page for Brazil has been latest updated at 2020-03-28 02:32:43
Up until March 27, the Brazilian government didn't take any measures to curb the coronavirus, despite all neighbors introducing various new temporary regulations.
Mayors of big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro took the power in their own hands and introduced local regulations, putting both cities in lockdown and closing down beaches and public places.
After deciding to close its land borders on March 27, the country additionally will ban all non-residents from entering Brazil via its airports. The latter will come into effect as of Monday.
President Jair Bolsonaro doesn't agree with these measures and called the outbreak of the virus "hysteria". According to him, the Brazilian people must continue their life as normal to preserve jobs in the future. He dismissed the virus as a fantasy and just a "small flu".
The new measures taken by his government led Bolsonaro to launch a countercampaign saying its safe to go outside and that social-distancing is not needed. Under the name #BrazilCannotStop, the President launched ads that show people gathering in crowded classrooms and markets.
Many Brazilians disagree with him and want the country to step up its measures. Bolsonaros approval ratings went down since his address to the nation.
At the moment of writing on March 24, 1,980 cases have been reported and 34 people died so far from the coronavirus in Brazil.
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Last validated on March 28, 2020:27 March: Brazil will ban the entry to all non-residents coming into their airports as of Monday, March 30. Earlier the country closed its land border, in spite of protests from President Jair Bolsonaro.24 March: The mayors of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo introduced a lockdown for the two big cities, despite requests from President Jair Bolsonaro to roll back these measures.
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