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In Brazil, a Senate probe into President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is heating up. On Tuesday, the country’s former health minister told investigators that the president ignored his warnings that tens of thousands of Brazilians could die and that the health system could collapse if the government refused to enforce Covid-19 restrictions. That didn’t stop thousands of Bolsonaro supporters flocking to cities across the country amid a surge in Covid-19 cases. The virus is wreaking havoc outside of Brazil, too. Argentina’s health system is on the brink of collapse, deaths in Venezuela have shot up 86% since January, while