The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, warned that the country is bankrupt and that he has not been able to and cannot do anything to solve it. He added that the crisis caused by Covid-19 impacted the economy and according to him, the press was in charge of making it even worse.
“Brazil is bankrupt. I can’t do anything. I wanted to modify the income tax table, but I couldn’t,” said the Brazilian president outside the Palacio de la Alvorada.
The Brazilian government has warned that it does not intend to renew the subsidy it gave last year to some 60 million unemployed, informal workers and the poor. The economic aid arrived in the first months of 2020 and was 1,200 reais (about $ 230) then, for the month of October and until December, it was cut in half.
Bolsonaro commented that one way to help the population in this crisis would be by reducing the income tax.
“There is this virus potentiated by those media that we have, by those media without character that we have.”
And it is that the president has been one of the most reluctant and skeptical about the virus and the pandemic. In addition, he has also blamed the worsening of the country’s economic situation on regional and municipal governments for imposing social distancing measures to try to stop the advance of the coronavirus.
According to estimates made by the Bolsonaro government and economic experts, the country closed 2020 with an economic contraction of about 4.5%, the highest for a year in several decades.
Brazil is the second country with the most deaths from Covid-19 – with about 200,000 deaths – and the third with the most cases – with about 7.8 million.
Despite being one of the most affected by the virus, it has not yet started its vaccination process against the disease. And it is that several doses of vaccines have already arrived in the country, but the Bolsonaro government has not announced the date on which it will begin to implement the plan.