President Jair Bolsonaro issued a provisional measure (MP) to restore protective sanitary barriers against covid-19 in indigenous areas. The text, which was published in an extra edition of Official Diary of the Union this Monday (1st), it authorizes the Fundação Nacional do Índio (Funai) to pay daily allowances to civil servants and military personnel who work in these barriers.
According to the government, protective sanitary barriers in indigenous areas are intended to control the transit of people and goods going to these locations, as a way of preventing the spread of the pandemic. Funai itself will be responsible for planning these actions.
The rule reproduces the content of MP 1,005, published in October last year, but which lost its purpose in December without being voted on by the National Congress. Despite this, explains the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic, this is not a reissue of MP, which is prohibited when it occurs in the same legislative year.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib), which maintains a panel of data on the subject, accounted for more than 47,500 cases of covid-19 in indigenous people and a total of 942 deaths. About 161 ethnicities across the country have so far been affected by the disease.