Kalil quotes JK and science to defend isolation in BH: ‘The Earth is round’

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Kalil quotes JK and science to defend isolation in BH: 'The Earth is round'





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Mayor Alexandre Kalil (PSD) during meeting with social isolation groups

In defending social isolation as the best way to control the progress of the new coronavirus in Belo Horizonte, the mayor Alexandre Kalil (PSD) quoted a phrase from former President Juscelino Kubitschek and mocked scientific denialism.

“The only thing I have to say to all of you is that we have taken a course. We believe that the Earth is round. So, our course is the course of science, it is the course that these men (experts from the Epidemic of COVID-19 in BH) guided us “, said the mayor, in reference to terraplanismo, conspiracy theory and without scientific support that the Earth is flat.

Then Kalil mentioned a phrase said in 1954 by the then governor of Minas Gerais, Juscelino Kubitschek. In this ocasion, JK stated: “God spared me from feeling fear”. He referred to the pressures he was under in order not to run for the presidency of the Republic, a position for which he would be elected the following year.

“The mayor’s only contribution is courage. A politician once said: ‘God spared me from the feeling of fear.’ I receive two, three times a day the numbers of occupations (ICU beds and wards), transmissions (average number of virus transmission per infected, called Rt). So, I assure you that (we will not open the trade) while these numbers (do not give us the security of opening, making this city more flexible “, said Kalil.

In recent months, the mayor of BH, like JK in the 1950s, has also been under pressure. In the case of Kalil, the charges come from the entrepreneurs, who ask for the opening of trade amid the pandemic of the new coronavirus. Currently, only services considered essential they can open the doors.

On Tuesday (7), however, the climate of pressure ceased and gave way to support. The mayor received document signed by 70 social isolation entities. It was during the meeting with representatives of the group that Kalil criticized the denial and quoted JK.

At the meeting, the mayor also thanked the support and vented about the pressure he has been suffering. On Sundays, groups that make social isolation more flexible have made protests on the streets of BH.

“If this (meeting with the isolation group) is a statement of support, know that it is very welcome. I am an ordinary human being. I need this. I have suffered a lot from one side. But I want to say to all of you that we, who are here today all present, are a silent majority and we will ignore the entire noisy minority, because noise has brought this country to the level we are today, “concluded the mayor.

According to an epidemiological bulletin published this Tuesday by PBH, the capital of Minas Gerais has 8,744 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, of which 190 resulted in deaths. There are 6,290 recovered and another 2,294 being monitored.

In addition to the growing number of contagions, the high demand for hospitalizations in the public health system is also a concern. This Monday (6th), 91% of ICUs and 70% of infirmary beds specific for patients with COVID-19 were busy.

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