President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday, the 14th, that he will tell the Minister of Mines and Energy, Bento Albuquerque, to reverse the “Water Shortage” banner, an additional fee charged on electricity bills in Brazil. “Have we commissioned Minister Pinto to issue a red flag, in our hearts, we know the difficulties of electricity. I will ask him… I will ask him, no, to make him return to normal flag from next month.” CEO at the 2021 World Congress – Millennium Event, organized by Evangelicals. The government flagged the water shortage on August 31 as a way to fund the activation of thermal plants in the midst of a water crisis, which is hurting reservoirs. “God helped us now with the rain and we were on the verge of collapse. We could not convey the panic of the community,” the president said on the occasion about the situation.
Bolsonaro was personally involved in the event, even after he said this evening, in a live broadcast on social media, that he was at the “peak of influenza”. In this time of the covid-19 pandemic, experts recommend adopting social isolation should flu-like symptoms develop, at least until testing that rules out infection with the new coronavirus. So far, Palcio do Planalto has not reported any new tests by the president.
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