Brazil’s President rejects lockdown despite 370,000 Covid deaths – BBC News

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    Brazil has seen more than 370,000 deaths from Covid, one of the highest rates in the world.

    However the country’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has refused to order a lockdown, to help control the pandemic.

    Public health officials have urged him to do so, but the President insists the economic impact of a lockdown is worse than the effects of the virus.

    Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Mark Lowen in Sao Paolo.

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