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Brazil's Bolsonaro says fresh COVID lockdown measures are 'crazy'

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro waves as he attends a national flag hoisting ceremony with his ministers in front of Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a longtime critic of stay-at-home measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, said on Thursday that it was “crazy” for countries to start locking down again to control second waves of the virus.

Most Western countries and parts of Latin America have reported their highest single-day surges in the past few weeks. Many governments, with the notable exception of the United States, have started taking stronger measures to bring the spread of the virus under control.

Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Sandra Maler