Brazil’s governors rise up against Bolsonaro’s virus stance

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s governors are defying President Jair Bolsonaro over his call to reopen schools and businesses. They dismiss his argument that the “cure” of widespread shutdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus is worse than the disease. Bolsonaro contends that the clampdown already ordered by many governors will deeply wound Brazil’s already beleaguered economy and spark social unrest. In a nationally televised address Tuesday night, he urged governors to limit isolation only to high-risk people and lift the strict anti-virus measures they have imposed in their regions. The governors protested on Wednesday that his instructions run counter to health experts’ recommendations and endanger Latin America’s largest population. They say they will continue with their strict measures.