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The prosecutor gives Bolsonaro 72 hours to explain the delays and omissions in the coronavirus data

June 7, 2020

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. For this reason, the Federal Ministry asked Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello “what was the urgency” and the “technical reason” for the check, to which he must respond within 72 hours.

The prosecutor is therefore looking for signs of illegal acts leading to a possible violation of the law on access to information, which requires transparency for public administrations and possible crimes of omission or inappropriateness of the administration, reports the newspaper “Estadao”.

The prosecutor gives Bolsonaro 72 hours to explain the delays and omissions in the coronavirus dataThe prosecutor gives Bolsonaro 72 hours to explain the delays and omissions in the coronavirus data

At the same time, the Union defense lawyer applied to the São Paulo Courts for the government to supply the data. In addition, several MPs have warned that they will not rule out lawsuits before the Federal Court of Justice.