Protests heat up in Brazil amid coronavirus pandemic

Brazil’s president dismissed the pandemic as 'just a little flu,' angering many.
1:32 | 05/31/20

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Transcript for Protests heat up in Brazil amid coronavirus pandemic
Trevor, thank you. And a devastating scene playing out across Brazil, where the coronavirus is taking a devastating toll. Nearly 1,000 lives lost in the last 24 hours. And tonight there, the growing protests against Brazil's president, who has called it just a little flu. ABC's James Longman from Brazil tonight. Reporter: Brazil's coronavirus pandemic seems to be spiraling out of control. And the fury is spilling out onto the streets. So, we're just behind the police line here. They're trying to move forward to push protesters back. A lot of smoke and tear gas in the air. Reporter: President bolsonaro's handling of the outbreak, decision missing it as just a little flu, has angered many. In the cramped spaces here, coronavirus is spreading fast. Only the gangs who control this place offer any help, handing out food, masks and hand sanitizers. Brazil is now the fourth-worst hit country on Earth. Nearly 1,000 died in the last 24 hours. This is 1-month-old Elena. "I'm afraid my daughter will contract the virus," she says. We've heard a lot about social distancing, the way to keep safe. In a world like this, it just seems basically impossible, and they're doing what they can. At the cemetery, families wait in line for their turn to grieve. Brazil has already suffered so much and now, it's preparing for worse. President bolsonaro is pushing hard to reopen this country. Today, he was pictured yet again not wearing a mask. David? James Longman live from Brazil tonight. James, thank you.

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