Brazil Brutal eruption Scientists expected Covid-19 deaths soon to surpass the worst January record wave in the United States, as the number of deaths rose for the first time above 4,000 people in one day on Tuesday as the disease spread to hospitals.
The total death toll in Brazil only tracks US outbreak, With nearly 337,000 dead, according to Health Department data, compared to more than 555,000 dead in the United States.
Two experts told Reuters that Brazil’s healthcare system is on the verge of collapse, and the death toll may exceed the total number of deaths in the United States, even though its population is two-thirds of that of the United States.
It’s a nuclear reactor that unleashed a chain reaction and got out of control. “It’s biological Fukushima,” said Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University who is tracking the virus closely.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported 4,195 more COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, a figure far higher than the previous record per day in the country. Brazil has set daily death records every week since late February, as the most contagious domestic alternative and scant social distancing efforts lead to uncontrolled outbreaks.
With Mass vaccinations To curb the outbreak in the United States, Brazil has become the epicenter of the epidemic, contributing about one in four deaths per day globally, according to a Reuters analysis.
President Jair Bolsonaro has it Pay for retreat Against wearing masks and lockdowns, which public health experts consider the best way to reduce transmission of the virus.
Country drag Last year, the world was racing to secure vaccines, which slowed the launch of the national immunization program.
Despite the recent boom, Brazilian officials insist the country could soon revert to something like business as usual.
“We think that maybe two or three months from now Brazil may return to work,” Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said during an online event on Tuesday. “Of course, it is possible that economic activity will decline, but it will be much less than the decline we experienced last year … and much shorter.”
Bolsonaro has responded to mounting political pressure by radically changing half a dozen ministries and placing loyalists in key roles ahead of what could be a tough reelection campaign next year against his political opponent.