March 25, 2020 / 10:49 AM / 6 days ago

Brazil's Bolsonaro wants commerce re-opened as shutdowns threaten jobs, economy

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 25 (Reuters) - Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday doubled down on his view that state-level shutdowns in Brazil were likely to cripple the economy and raise unemployment, urging on Twitter that they be reversed.

The president, a far-right army captain, was roundly criticized for making that argument in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday night in which he minimized the likely impact of the “little flu” in Brazil. (Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter, editing by Louise Heavens)

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