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A woman lays a rose on mattresses symbolising coronavirus victims, at a protest in Rio against Bolsonaro’s pandemic response. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images
A wmn lez a rouz on matṛsz simḅlîzñ c’roṇvîṛsvictimz, at a protest in Rio agnst Bolsonaro’z pandemic rspons. Foṭgraf: Carl de Souza/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

‘Ɖ hart v darcnis’: nebrz śun Bṛzil ovr Covid rspons

(Transcription of a Guardian article of 30 March 2021)

Latin Americn cuntriz scrambl t pṛtct ɖmslvz fṛm a cuntri ẃr nirli 60,000 ppl r xpctd t dî in Marć alon

Tom Filips in Rio de Janeiro, Uci Goñi in Buenos Aires n Jo Parcin Dańlz in Bogotá, 30 Marć 2021

It hz loñ bn rgardd az a soft-pǎr sūṗpǎr, ɖ sún-cist, culćṛli blest land v Bossa Nova, Capoeira n Pelé.

Bt Bṛzil’z śambolic rspons t c’roṇvîṛs undr far-rît prezidnt Jair Bolsonaro hz cast Latin America’z larjist cuntri in an unfmiłr n unpleznt rǒl: ɖt v a Covid-ridld, sayns-śunñ, p’liticli unstebl ǎtcast on hūm mni rījnl nebrz r nǎ śutñ ɖ dor.

“Ɖ uɖr de I sw a priti stroñ articl seyñ Bṛzil wz startñ t b sìn bî its nebrz az a sort v leprcoḷni … n it’s probbli tru,” cnsidd Ricardo Ricupero, a vetṛn Bṛziłn dipḷmat hu qotd Jozif Conrad, nt João Gilberto, t dscrîb hiz cuntri’z pridic̣mnt.

“Ɖ horr! Ɖ horr!” ɖ rtîrd ambasdr l’mntd last wīc, bfr hiz cuntri wz plunjd intu frɖr p’liticl trbyḷns bî Bolsonaro’z unixpctd sacñ v ɖ dfnsministr. “Bṛzil z in ɖ hart v darcnis.”

Bṛzil’z nebrz, hu r nǎ scramḅlñ t rspond t ɖ meltdǎn nxt dor, sīm t agri, wɖ Arjntīna, C’lumbia n P’ru banñ flîts t ɖer Porćgīz-spīcñ nebr, n Veṇzwela’z līdr, Nicolás Maduro, b’retñ hiz rîtwñ rîvl ovr a c’laṃti ɖt hz cild mor ɖn 300,000 Bṛziłnz.

“It’s alarmñ, īvn dstresñ, t si ɖ rports ǎt v São Paulo n Rio … n ɖ reclis attyd v ɖ Trumpist Bṛziłn rît n Jair Bolsonaro twdz ɖ ppl v Bṛzil,” Maduro dclerd last wīc az h ordrd a 14-de locdǎn t cǎntr ɖ mor cntejs P1 verịnt at ɖ hart v globl firz ovr Bṛzil’z unćect ǎtbrec.

“Bṛzil nǎ repriznts a ʈret t ɖ wrld. N huz fōlt z it? Jair Bolsonaro’z,” Maduro pṛclemd, jabñ hiz indx fngr intu ɖ er. “It’s jst madnis. Ɖr’z no nem fr it.”

Sevn ʈǎznd ciloṃtrz sǎʈ v Caracas, in Yṛḡî, ɖr r sînz v similr alarm, wɖ oʈoṛtiz rêsñ t vax̣net rezidnts v its bordŗījn wɖ Bṛzil. “Ɖ îdīa z t criet an eṗdīmịlojicl śīld,” sd Rodni Colina, a guvnmnt Covid advîzr n vroḷjist hu dtctd Yṛḡî’z frst P1 cesz n hz bn cōlñ fr tuf rstrix́nz t stop its spred. “F w start siyñ P1 srklet wîdli w’d nīd t g fr a totl cloźr v olmst evrʈñ,” Colina wornd.

Clos t 60,000 Bṛziłnz r xpctd t dî in Marć alon, mcñ it bî far ɖ most dedli munʈ v Bṛzil’z 13-munʈ eṗdemic.

In Arjntīna, tù, slīp z biyñ lost ovr ɖ mêhem. A grūp v līdñ Arjntinịn sayntists rīsntli pénd an opn letr implorñ ɖer guvnmnt t cloz its 761-mîl landbordr wɖ Bṛzil.

“Bṛzil z a mirr w wd rɖr nt hv t lc intu. Ɖt’s ẃ it’s so importnt t impoz travl rstrix́nz stret awe bcz wns cntejnz start t rîz it wl b tù lêt,” sd Humberto Debat, an Arjntinịn bîoḷjist hu hlpt pṛdys ɖ apil, ẃć cndemd Bolsonaro’z “irisponsbl n dnaylist” bhevyr.

Last Ʈrzde, az Bṛzil rcordd mor ɖn 100,000 Covid-19 cesz in a sngl de fr ɖ frst tîm, Arjntīna anǎnst it wd ban flîts fṛm Bṛzil, Ćíli n Mx̣co. Soledad Retamar, a staṭstiśn wrcñ on Covid deta hu bacs sć muvz, sd: “Ɖ fir z ɖt w cd start siyñ ɖ cnd v mortaḷtirets ɖe hd in Manaus rlịr ɖs yir f ɖ P1 verịnt starts srkletñ in Arjntīna.”

C’lumbịn ofiślz bánd flîts fṛm Bṛzil in Jańri az wel az hōltñ intrnl flîts t ɖ Aṃzn bordr tǎn v Leticia, ẃr iḿnîześn eḟts r tarġtñ yungr adults in an atmt t bloc ɖ spred v ɖ P1 verịnt. Ana Mauad, an inṭnaśnl-rleśnz pṛfesr at Bogotá’z Javeriana Yṇvrṣti, sd Bolsonaro’z “cmplit lac v straṭji n mshanḍlñ v ɖ pandemic” hd śoct ɖ rījn.

“Bolsonaro hz manijd t trn Bṛzil intu a jîgantic helhoul,” C’lumbia’z formr prezidnt Ernesto Samper twītd last wīc, az ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn admitd “ɖ dîr sićueśn” in Bṛzil wz nǎ afctñ its nebrz.

Bolsonaro’z admiṇstreśn hz riactd ōcẉdli t ɖ cōṛs v inṭnaśnl criṭsizm.

“I ʈnc ɖs z … teṛbli unjust,” Bṛzil’z pro-Trump foṛn ministr, Ernesto Araújo, tld ɖ Estado de São Paulo nyzpepr rlịr ɖs munʈ. Araújo, hu rzînd on Munde aftr a rbełn fṛm dipḷmats n lwmecrz hu akz him v hlpñ traś Bṛzil’z inṭnaśnl repyteśn, rjctd ɖ îdīa ɖt ɖr wz enʈñ “ǎt v cntrol” in hiz cuntri n clemd Bṛzil wz ɖ victim v “dscriṃneśn”.

“It’s az f … ppl r onli dayñ in Bṛzil,” Bolsonaro grumbld last wīc.

Ricupero sd ɖr wz no hîdñ ɖt hiz Sǎʈ Americn cuntri hd bcm ɖ pandemic’s “abṣlut eṗsntr” n pridictd rījnl rstrix́nz wd incris in ɖ cmñ wīcs in cuntriz sć az B’livia, C’lumbia n P’ru.

“Rît nǎ, Bṛzil z at ɖ aur ẃn darcnis rênz,” h sd.

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31/03/2021

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