Bolsonaro institutes committee to combat Covid-19 aimed at indigenous peoples

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President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) decreed the creation of the Management Committee of Plans to Combat Covid-19 for Indigenous Peoples, within the scope of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. The measure was published in the Official Gazette this Tuesday (11).

According to the text, the committee is “responsible for the governance and monitoring of actions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic aimed at indigenous peoples in isolation or in recent contact”.

It is up to the group to provide plans to combat Covid-19, adopt measures to protect and promote the health of indigenous peoples and propose the preparation of new plans to combat the pandemic.

The collegiate was established almost two years after the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020. According to the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), 63,144 cases of Covid-19 have already been recorded among indigenous people, with 1,253 deaths. More than 160 native peoples have already been affected by the new coronavirus, according to APIB.

In July 2020, Minister Luís Roberto Barroso, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), ordered the federal government to adopt a series of measures to contain the contagion and mortality by Covid-19 among the indigenous population.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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