Brazil now has the Second-Highest Number of Coronavirus Cases in the World
Brazil has become the country, surpassing Russia, with the second most coronavirus cases worldwide after the United States.
Brazil now has confirmed more than 375,000 cases of the coronavirus, and reported more than 23,500 deaths from the disease.
The grim milestone on the past weekend came as the World Health Organization (WHO) called South America “a new epicenter” of the deadly virus, with the WHO’s emergency director, Mike Ryan, expressing most concern for Brazil.
“In a sense, South America has become a new epicenter for the infection. We have seen several South American countries with growing numbers of cases,” Ryan said at a virtual news conference. “There is a concern across many of those nations, but Brazil is most affected,” he stated.
The death count has doubled in just 11 days, according to the ministry’s data. “The majority of the cases are from the Sao Paulo region,” Ryan said.
“But in terms of attack rates, the highest attack rates are actually in Amazonas: about 490 persons infected per 100,000 people, which is pretty high,” he spoke of Brazil’s vast northwestern state.
Last week, Sao Paulo’s mayor warned that its health system could be sunk very soon if citizens don’t follow social distancing guidelines. Administrators in the city of 12 million have announced a five-day holiday to get residents to stay home.
But President Jair Bolsonaro proceeds to suspend the threat of the virus, telling quarantines and lockdowns could have a worse consequence on Brazil’s economy.
Global COVID-19 Update
At least 345,415 people globally have died from COVID-19 and 5,502,518 have been infected by the novel coronavirus that causes it, following an outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, in early December. The World Health Organization referred to it as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
Though the outbreak started in China, it has now reached 220 countries and territories. 186 of those have reported fatalities.