Major Brazilian media have announced an initiative to collect corona virus data directly from the state health secretariats to provide the data that President Jair Bolsonaro’s government contests after a controversial change in accounting criteria.
The Federal Ministry has launched an out-of-court procedure to investigate the delays and omissions in the distribution of data about the new corona virus that have resulted in a drastic reduction in the number of deaths and infections in official statistics.
President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has announced a change in “methodology” that has enabled the death toll to be reduced from 1,000 to 904 in 24 hours, despite the clear upward trend in the country’s curve.
The change is specifically to take into account the deceased and contagions found in the past 24 hours, excluding those accumulated from previous cases. Bolsonaro said in a note published by the Ministry of Health on social networks that the format used since the epidemic started does not portray the “moment of the country”.