Congress Passes Basic Income in Coronavirus Crisis While Planalto Struggles for Prominence

Refuting the severity of the pandemic crisis, Bolsonaro centralizes information and tries to curtail appearances by his Health Minister.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Monday, the Federal Senate unanimously approved a bill to establish an emergency basic monthly income of R$600 (US$150) to help low-income families in an effort to tackle the economic crisis brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The measure will be in place for three months, extendable, and will now be sanctioned by President Bolsonaro.

Meanwhile, across the Three Powers Plaza, President Jair Bolsonaro, who chose to reject the severity of the pandemic - totaling 159 deaths and 4,579 contagions in Brazil on Monday - is still struggling to play a leading role in . . .

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