What does Nunes Marques’ decision to release Masses and religious services say in the pandemic?


STF Minister Kassio Nunes

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STF Minister Kassio Nunes Marques released masses and services during the pandemic

On the eve of Easter, Minister Kassio Nunes Marques, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), released masses and religious services throughout Brazil. The decision was published this Saturday (3/4).

The decision was made by Nunes Marques at the worst moment of the pandemic in the country. According to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), Brazil surpassed the 330,000 death mark from covid-19 this Saturday. In the last 24 hours alone, 1,987 people died from the disease.

In the preliminary (provisional) decision, the minister points out that states and municipalities cannot issue regulations that completely prohibit face-to-face religious celebrations as a measure to combat the pandemic. The precautionary measure has not yet been analyzed by the full Supreme Court, but there is still no date set for the trial.

Infectious disease specialists identify large crowds, such as festivals and religious cults, as favorable environments for the transmission of the coronavirus.