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The President of Brazil is the sole major world leader to question the merit of lockdown measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Articles by The New York Times and Bloomberg prove that the Mexican president has also resisted calls for lockdowns amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Articles by The New York Times and Bloomberg prove that the Mexican president has also resisted calls for lockdowns amid COVID-19 pandemic. A video by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's official YouTube channel published on 31 March 2020 shows that he has remained defiant, among major world leaders, by denying the severity of COVID-19. He did not endorse strict quarantine measures.

The New York Times article dated 25 March 2020 states that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro disagreed with the governors of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the country’s two largest states, who took unilateral action to limit people’s movement.

Mexican President López Obrador has continued to wade into crowds and kiss babies and ruling out travel restrictions, business closings and quarantine orders. The article also adds that he suggested not to panic and not to stop going out. He has also added that if one has the economic capacity, they can take families to restaurants because that would mean strengthening the families and the economy.

The Bloomberg article dated 19 March 2020 states that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shook hands with several members of his government on stage in an event where hundreds of people had gathered. A representative of the Mexican petrol company 'Pemex' has said that its workers continue to go to the office and they are working normally.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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