Breaking: Health Minister resigns after disagreement with President

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Nelson Teich
Brazil’s Health Minister, Nelson Teich

Brazil’s Health Minister, Nelson Teich has resigned, says Al Jazeera.

Teich resigned Friday following a month in office in the midst of differences with President Jair Bolsonaro over the handling of the country’s growing COVID-19 outbreak.

On Friday, the minister’s office announced he had handed in his resignation and would hold a press conference later in the day.

In recent days, Brazil’s President Bolsonaro has been pushing for wider use of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment, with a move that the Minister did not agree with.

The Minister and the President also disagreed over the sit-at-home order and also on the pace of kick-starting the economy.

Last week the minister had regretted not being contacted before the president released a decree enabling gyms, beauty parlors, and hairdressers to open up for business.

His resignation came a day after Brazil passed 200,000 confirmed cases of the virus, with more than 14,000 deaths.

Mr. Teich assumed office on April 17 after Mr. Bolsonaro had sacked Luiz Henrique Mandetta, the then Minister of Health.

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