BRASILIA, BRAZIL – May 07: Jair Bolsonaro President of Brazil talks to the press.
It’s a “pretty negative” picture in Brazil, one analyst has told CNBC, with politicians dismissing the current health crisis and economic reforms looking increasingly unlikely.
The largest economy in South America has become a hotspot for Covid-19. It is currently sixth in the world in terms of countries with the highest confirmed infections, and its death toll is just under 14,000; according to Johns Hopkins University. However, with the World Health Organization saying the Americas are the new epicenter of the virus, Brazil could face even direr circumstances.
“It is a very worrying situation,” Raphael Boechat Barros, a psychiatrist at the University of Brasilia, told CNBC via email.
“We don’t feel safe, we are worried, the media keep talking about Covid-19, the economy is partially shut, and we see homelessness rising,” Barros said.
Brazil’s response to the pandemic has confused many….