Concealing virus is latest Bolsonaro effort shore up base

  • Cemetery workers in protective clothing maneuver the coffin of 57-year-old Paulo Jose da Silva, who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, June 5, 2020. According to Monique dos Santos, her stepfather mocked the existence of the virus, didn’t use a mask, didn’t take care of himself, and wanted to shake hands with everybody. “He didn’t believe in it and unfortunately he met this end. It’s very sad, but that’s the truth,” she said. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO — As the coronavirus claims tens of thousands of lives in Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro is focused on ensuring his political survival and mobilizing his far-right supporters to do so.