Government counters Moro’s criticism on Twitter and minimizes 100,000 deaths

On the date Brazil exceeds 100,000 dead, Bolsonaro highlights recovered patients

On the day that Brazil surpassed 100 thousand dead by the covid-19, the Planalto Palace reacted, on social media, to a criticism made by the former Minister of Justice Sergio Moro, minimized the number of victims and extolled government actions Jair Bolsonaro. “For a government, much more than beautiful words, the best way to show that you care is to work”, published SecomVC on Twitter, official account of the Special Communication Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic.

The message was a response to Moro’s criticism, made on the same network, and was “fixed” at the top of SecomVC’s profile after the Ministry of Health confirmed that Brazil surpassed 100 thousand deaths, on Saturday night, 8.

“We cannot conform, nor just say # CemMilEdaí. There are more than 100 thousand dead; 100,000 families who lost loved ones to Covid. May science point the way and faith give us hope, ”Moro had written on Twitter. The former minister referred to a declaration of Bolsonaro at the end of April, when the president said “so what?” when asked about the deaths of the pandemic.

In defeating Moro, the Presidency of the Republic presented a “thread” (series of posts) on the social network with 18 publications, the last being a mention of Bolsonaro’s profile on Twitter.

Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Republic

© Dida Sampaio / Estadão
Jair Bolsonaro, President of the Republic

In the texts, SecomVC claims to regret “each of the victims of covid-19, and of all other diseases”. Bolsonaro’s communication team still highlights inaccurate data, such as “almost 3 million lives saved or recovering”. The sum considered, for example, the 817,642 patients being monitored, whose outcome of the disease is uncertain.

The government also says it has “one of the lowest death rates per million among large nations”. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the country has the 11th highest death rate per 100,000 inhabitants, but the account includes nations with a much smaller population. Among the most populous countries, Brazil is only behind the United States.

SecomVC also published in the response to Moro federal government delivery data in the pandemic. Bolsonaro’s communication team wrote that management sent or delivered 11,353 ICU beds to states and municipalities. The number, in fact, refers to how many spaces for hospitalization are paid for by the federal government, but the assembly and purchase of the equipment had to be done by local managers. The government even promised to send kits to install 3,000 beds for intensive care, but delivered only 540.

Responding to Moro, the Presidency team also claims that it delivered 13.3 million tests. Of this figure, however, only about 5.3 million are of the RT-PCR type, considered the “gold standard” for diagnosis. The ministry’s promise is to deliver more than 24 million tests on this line, but as Estadão showed, more than 9.8 million were stranded at the Ministry of Health at the end of July.

Bolsonaro X Moro

A former Lava Jato judge in Curitiba, Moro left the judiciary at the end of 2018 when he accepted Bolsonaro’s invitation to join the government. On April 24 this year, Moro resigned from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and accused the president of trying to interfere with the Federal Police.

The president responded by stating that Moro was asking the Supreme Court (STF) minister for a vacancy.

The Supreme Court has an open inquiry to ascertain whether Bolsonaro had attempted political interference with the PF. The rapporteur of the case, Minister Celso de Mello, must decide in the next few days on the testimony of the Chief Executive.


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