Last Friday, Brazil replaced Russia as the second-highest number of coronavirus infections in the world, after the United States, and the Americas has become a new source of the epidemic.
South American countries have currently recorded 330,890 new coronavirus infections and 21,048 deaths, although experts say insufficient testing means the actual number may be 15 times higher or more.
The death toll in Brazil has risen by 1,001 in 24 hours, the third increase in four days, exceeding 1,000.
At the time of the surge, the World Health Organization declared South America a “new center” of pandemic.
Mike Ryan, WHO’s emergency affairs director, said: “Obviously, many of these countries are concerned about this, but it is clear that Brazil is the most affected.”
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has registered more than 1.6 million cases and nearly 96,000 deaths.
Russia has registered 326,488 cases and 3200 deaths.
The number of deaths in Brazil is currently the sixth highest in the world, after the United States, Britain, Italy, Spain and France.
But the crisis is not expected to peak in Brazil until June.
The country ’s 210 million people responded differently to the pandemic.
The far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, once compared the virus to a “little flu” and he condemned it. He condemned the “stay at home” measures implemented by state and local authorities , Saying that these measures unnecessarily harmed the economy.