Sao Paulo Candidate Says Homeless Resist COVID-19

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The favorite candidate for mayor of Sao Paulo, deputy Celso Russomanno, affirmed that the homeless could be more resistant to the new coronavirus, because “they live on the streets all the time and have no way to shower.”

Russomanno, who leads the voting intention polls in Sao Paulo for the November municipal elections, assured that the COVID-19 cases they have been “punctual” among the homeless and drug addicts living in the Cracolandia region, one of the main drug points in South America.

Criticize prevention measures

“Maybe they are more resistant than us because they live in the streets all the time, they have no way to shower every day, “he said during a ceremony with the Sao Paulo Commercial Association, in statements collected by the G1 news portal.

Russomanno, from the conservative Republican party, also criticized the quarantines imposed by the São Paulo Mayor’s Office together with the regional government and pointed out that, after the first thirty days, the isolation should have been “vertical” in order to avoid the closure of shops and the destruction of employment. “Now we are going to have to fix that and it is not going to be easy,” he said.

Political struggle

This idea is also defended by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, with whom Russomanno shares a part of his political agenda, mainly in relation to public safety. Despite the harmony between the two, Bolsonaro has warned that he will not formally support any candidate, at least during the first round scheduled for November 15.

The head of state left the ranks of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) last year and has embarked on the founding of the Alliance for Brazil, a formation in which he wants to group all his followers but whose creation is progressing at a slow pace and will not be in the municipal ones, which were postponed from October to November due to the coronavirus crisis.

Electoral career

Russomanno is in front of the electoral race in Sao Paulo with 27% of the intention to vote, compared to 21% with the current mayor and candidate for re-election, Bruno Covas, of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB, center-right).

In third place is Guilherme Boulos, candidate of the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) and who has won an important space in the field of the left, even ahead of Jilmar Tatto, of the former president’s Workers Party (PT) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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