Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has again been fined for not wearing a face mask during an event. His son and MEP Eduardo Bolsonaro and Minister Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas of Infrastructure also received a voucher of 555.71 reais (about 90 euros), the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reports on Saturday. The trio had no mask during a motorbike rally in São Paulo where thousands of Bolsonaro supporters were present.
São Paulo State Governor João Doria is one of the rivals of the current president and a possible opponent in the 2022 elections, and during a speech in Ibirapuera Park, Bolsonaro, who downplayed the coronavirus from the start, once again spoke against the use of face masks and other corona measures.
Three weeks ago, Bolsonaro took part in a motorbike tour of the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro without mouth and nose protection and gave a speech to his supporters.
Two days earlier, the government of the state of Maranhão Bolsonaro fined because the right-wing populist president did not wear a mouth mask during a meeting in the village of Açailândia. Maranhão Governor Flávio Dino is a member of the Brazilian Communist Party.
With nearly 17.3 million registered infections, Brazil has the third highest number in the world, after the United States and India. In terms of death toll, Brazil, with more than 484,000 deaths, is the second hardest hit country in the world, after the United States.