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Bolsonaro shuns face masks at event as country records 1,000 deaths in single day

Bolsonaro shuns face masks at event as country records 1,000 deaths in single day
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attended a U.S. Independence Day celebration in Brazil’s capital Saturday at which participants declined to wear face masks, one day after he vetoed obligatory use of masks in private settings.

Bolsonaro shared photos on social media of himself, four Cabinet ministers, other top aides and U.S. Ambassador Todd Chapman, none of whom were wearing masks despite being in close quarters.

Health experts recommend social distancing and wearing masks to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus. Bolsonaro on Friday vetoed clauses of new legislation that would have required Brazilians to wear masks at churches, schools, shops, factories and private gatherings, but approved their obligatory use on the street and public transport.

An outspoken admirer of U.S. President Donald Trump , Bolsonaro has made tighter relations with the U.S. the cornerstone of his foreign policy since assuming office Jan. 1, 2019. He attended the U.S. Embassy’s Fourth of July celebration last year, breaking with the custom of Brazilian presidents avoiding visits to foreign embassies in the capital, Brasilia.
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