Brazil overtakes Britain and becomes country with the third highest number of coronavirus cases behind the US and Russia with 254,220 infections
- The number of Covid-19 infections in Brazil took over Britain, Spain and Italy yesterday
- Experts say that too little testing means the number of deaths and infections could be much higher
- With 254,220 confirmed cases, Brazil is only behind the United States and Russia
- President Jair Bolsonaro has compared the virus to a “little flu” and condemned the “hysteria” around it
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Brazil has the third-highest number of new coronavirus cases in the world, according to official figures released yesterday.
With 254,220 confirmed cases, Brazil has surpassed the UK, Spanish and Italian lists in the list of total infections in the past 72 hours, and is behind only the United States (1.5 million) and Russia (290,000).
Brazil has registered 16,792 COVID-19 deaths, the sixth highest toll in the world.
But experts say too little testing means the real numbers can be 15 times higher or more.
Healthcare workers wearing protective gear are wearing the body of 78-year-old Laureano Ferraz, a Wanano native who died of Coronavirus (COVID-19) after arriving with a jet from Sao’s intensive care unit yesterday Gabriel da Cachoeira to Manaus, Brazil
The gigantic South American country of 210 million people is being torn apart by a political battle over how to respond to the virus.
Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro compares the virus to a “minor flu”, condemns the “hysteria” around it, and urges the country to return to work to stop an economic crash.
However, the state and local authorities are largely calling on citizens to stay at home and practice social distance – backed by the Supreme Court, which gave them the final say in the case.
COVID-19 patients are treated yesterday in a non-invasive ventilation system called the ‘Vanessa Capsule’ at Gilberto Novaes Municipal Field Hospital in Manaus, Brazil
Sao Paulo intensive care units are 90 percent full and will be full in two weeks, the mayor warned when he begged people to follow the social distance rules (pictured, recently dug graves in the city’s largest cemetery)
Extreme right-wing leader Jair Bolsonaro (center) has been criticized at home and abroad for calling on ministers to keep the economy open despite the risks of the virus
Bolsonaro is now looking for his third health minister since the pandemic started.
He fired the first after publicly fighting for stay-at-home measures, and the second resigned after less than a month at work last week, reportedly due to the president’s insistence on widespread use of the controversial and unproven malaria drug chloroquine to treat the disease. .
Hospitals in various areas, meanwhile, are working at full speed, and the hardest hit cities have begun to bury victims in mass graves, while the number of infections continues to rise.
The pandemic has since raised concerns about indigenous groups in the Amazon as they have had a tragic history of being decimated by diseases coming from the outside world.
The virus has now infected 40 indigenous groups, with 537 positive cases and 102 deaths, according to the Brazilian Association of Indigenous Peoples.
Brazil has an estimated 800,000 indigenous people from 300 ethnic groups.