10 Countries on Alert Due to Uncontrolled Pandemic in Brazil

(TELESUR) – This South American country has 10,492 miles of borders with the French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay.

Ten Latin American countries sharing borders with Brazil are concerned about the passive attitude of President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former captain who denied the importance of the pandemic in a 210-million-inhabitants country that already registers 275,087 COVID-19 cases and 18,121 dead, which makes it the epicenter of the disease in the region.

“It is an uncomfortable neighbor mainly because of Bolsonaro’s attitude. In Paraguay, we closed the borders soon, and it was a wise move,” politician Carlos Mateo Balmelli said.

In Argentina, a country that the Brazilian president accused of “walking towards socialism”, President Alberto Fernandez also expressed his concern about the bad example that the neighboring country was setting in the fight against coronavirus.

In Uruguay, other voices complained about the consequences of Brazilian mismanagement, which denies scientific data while promoting the breakdown of physical distance.

While 210 million people are reason enough for the growing regional epidemiological concern, “there is also the irresponsibility Bolsonaro has shown by fostering measures without scientific rigor and downplaying COVID-19”, Uruguay’s former Labor Minister Jose Bayardi commented, adding that his behavior only aggravates the situation for everyone.