Bolsonaro 'bored' by COVID death questions

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro says does not want to be "bored" with questions about the milestone of 600,000 COVID-19 deaths the country passed a few days ago.

Bolsonaro's poll numbers have fallen due to his handling of the pandemic, rising inflation and a weak economy.

Brazil has the world's second highest COVID-19 death toll after the United States, and Bolsonaro has long sought to minimise the impact of the virus, touting unproven cures and railing against lockdowns.

On Monday, Bolsonaro was surrounded by supporters at the beach in Guaruja, in Sao Paulo state, when a journalist asked him about the country's death toll.

"In which country did people not die? Tell me," he said.

"Look, I didn't come here to be bored."

Deaths with COVID-19 have been reported for 601,011 people in Brazil, with more than 21.5 million cases registered in the country.

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