‘Worst phase of epidemic’: Brazil records daily deaths, cases recorded

Brazil has set daily records for new coronovirus cases and related deaths, with about 1,600 deaths on Wednesday and a government under President Jair Bolsonaro determined to ease the lockdown designed to reduce the outbreak.

Brazil ranks second in the United States in the number of confirmed cases and deaths from coronovirus.

The 69,074 newly confirmed cases and 1,595 additional deaths reported by the Ministry of Health caused the country to have the last 2.5 million cases and deaths of over 90,000 people.

However, the increase in deaths was partly due to the country’s most populous state, São Paulo, with the number of deaths occurring over two days instead of one.

Brazil’s previous record of deaths for a day was set for June 4, when 1,473 deaths were reported. Death has been upward for over five weeks as coronovirus has spread to new areas, with more than 1,000 deaths per day.

Authorities say Sao Paulo did not report COVID-19’s death on Tuesday due to a one count disturbance. As a result, the two-day figures included 713 confirmed deaths on Wednesday. 26,000 new cases were registered in the state.

President Zaire Bolsonaro has fought against restrictions on economic activity, and the disease has arisen due to pressure from governors and mayors Capital, Brasilia.

In some cases, Brazilians have packed into crowded public squares in bars and without masks, often disregarding local regulations.

Global Testing Ground

Last week, Brazil recorded 7,677 deaths from COVID-19, the highest number of deaths in any week since the epidemic began, despite claims that its outbreak was at its peak.

“Brazil is facing the worst phase of the epidemic,” said Alexandre Naime, head of the department of infectious diseases at São Paulo State University.

“Paradoxically, public policy and individual behavior are going in the opposite direction, as if we are not living through a daily tragedy,” he said.

Bolsonaro’s government announced on Wednesday that it would impose restrictions on foreign travelers flying into the country that were imposed in March, as they have health insurance coverage for the trip.

New hotspots are also appearing around the country.

While São Paulo and neighboring Rio de Janeiro were the first to be affected by the virus, health officials have expressed concern over outbreaks spreading to the center-west and south of the country as winter approaches.

“We present national data but it’s like us [multiple] COVID-19 is treating the pandemic differently in different regions of the country, ”Health Vigilance Secretary Arnaldo Correa de Medeiros said in a televised press conference.

The scale of the outbreak has transformed Brazil into a global testing ground for pharmaceutical companies to test potential vaccines.

A Brazilian research institute said on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with China’s Sinopharm to begin a fourth critical trial of a potential vaccine in the country.

In recent months Bolsonaro himself has issued social distancing guidelines by joining supporters at rallies around Brasilia. He fell ill with coronovirus this month and spent weeks in partial isolation before recovering.

Right-wing populists have argued that the economic damage from the lockdown is worse than the disease, which they played as “little flu” that can be cured by incurable treatment, including the anti-malarial drug chloroxychloroquine .


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