Brazil’s new health minister Nelson Teich on Wednesday proposed easing restrictions on movement currently in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.Speaking in capital Brasilia, Teich said the government intended to present a directive for cities and states within a week. “It is impossible for a country to survive for a year, a year and a half if it stands still. “Social distancing is a natural measure and logical to begin with, but it cannot be applied without an exit plan,” Teich said. The speech was Teich’s first since being appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro last Thursday to succeed Luiz Henrique Mandetta, who was dismissed in a dispute over the proper handling of the coronavirus. While Mandetta, like various governors and mayors, pleaded for limited curfews and protective measures, the right-wing populist Bolsonaro considers the measures to be excessive and wants life to return to normal as quickly as possible.