From his temporary home in Rio de Janerio, the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, can hear the nightly protests against Brazilian president Jair Bolsorano’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, where cases are steadily rising. He discusses how Brazil and other South American countries are trying to deal with the pandemic
The Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, talks to Anushka Asthana about the growing protests against the Brazil president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Medical experts fear Jair Bolsonaro could be hastening the country’s march towards a devastating public health crisis by undermining social distancing measures. Bolsonaro is one of just four world leaders still downplaying the threat of coronavirus to public health, alongside the authoritarian presidents of Nicaragua, Belarus and Turkmenistan.
Phillips also discusses the devastating impact the virus has had on Ecuador, in particular Guayaquil, the Latin American city hit hardest by the virus. Bodies have been kept in homes or dumped on roadsides as authorities and hospitals struggle to cope.