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Brazil obeys court order to resume providing full virus data

Posted at 11:33 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 23:33:13-04

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has complied with a court order to resume publication of full data on the coronavirus pandemic, including the cumulative death toll from COVID-19. The restoration Tuesday afternoon came in response to a ruling late Monday by a Brazilian Supreme Court justice amid claims that the government was trying to hide the severity of the pandemic in Latin America’s biggest country. Justice Alexandre de Moraes said the government is obliged to provide necessary information to Brazilian citizens. The Health Ministry had scrubbed the cumulative coronavirus death toll from its website Friday.