Brazil’s Health Minister Resigns After Disagreement With Government

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May 16, 2020/Brazil-
Brazil’s health minister has resigned after less than a month in the job following disagreements over the government’s handling of the country’s escalating coronavirus crisis.

Nelson Teich had criticised a decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro allowing gyms and beauty parlours to reopen.

However, he gave no reason for his resignation at a press conference.

His predecessor was sacked after disagreeing with Mr Bolsonaro.

The far-right president continues to oppose lockdown measures.

He has downplayed the virus as “a little flu” and has said the spread of Covid-19 is inevitable, attracting global criticism.

Brazil has recently surged past Germany and France in terms of its coronavirus caseload, becoming one of the world’s hotspots with more than 218,000 cases and a record 15,305 in the last 24 hours.
The latest daily figures also showed 824 new deaths recorded, bringing the official death toll to 14,817.

Media captionThe BBC’s South America correspondent Katy Watson looks at how Bolsonaro has responded to the virus in Brazil
Why did the minister resign?
At his news conference, Mr Teich did not reveal why he had stepped down. He just thanked President Bolsonaro for giving him the chance to serve as a minister and praised healthcare workers.

But he has clashed with the president over several aspects of how the government has dealt with the spiralling epidemic.