More nurses – 157 – are thought to have died in Brazil than anywhere else, while Bolsonaro and his supporters continue to downplay the crisis
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At the casualty department where she worked on the outskirts of São Paulo, Maria Aparecida Duarte was the nurse everyone loved, known for her dedication, her jokes and her smile.
But as the coronavirus pandemic swept through Brazil, claiming hundreds and then thousands of lives, the 63-year-old’s mood began to sour.