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Brazil: Bolsonaro's fake statements on the novel coronavirus by month 2020-2021

In March 2021, Brazil's president Jair Messias Bolsonaro made 138 statements about COVID-19 containing information that was deemed fake or distorted. This represents an increase of nearly 40 percent compared to the 99 incorrect statements regarding the pandemic recorded a year earlier, in March 2020.

Number of fake or distorted statements on COVID-19 made by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro from January 2020 to March 2021, by month

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Release date

April 2021



Survey time period

January 2020 to March 2021

Special properties

Includes repeated statements

Supplementary notes

According to the source, a statement is deemed fake if it "contains information without any factual support" and if "available data refutes it objectively." A statement is considered distorted when it features "information factually correct, but applied with the intent to deceive" others.

Figures were calculated by Statista based on the source's data.

The date of release is the date of access.

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