Brazil’s President and Health Minister Clash Over Coronavirus Measures

SÃO PAULO—Intensive-care-unit beds in this megacity and in Rio de Janeiro are near capacity, health-care systems in other states are collapsing and at least two Brazilian governors have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Against that backdrop, President Jair Bolsonaro was poised this week to fire his popular health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, for publicly challenging the president’s approach to the crisis, according to four people close to the two men and familiar with the matter.

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