Rio de Janeiro: As the country became the latest center of a global pandemic, Brazil ’s new coronavirus caused more than 25,000 deaths on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Health stated that 1,086 new deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
This is the fifth time the number has exceeded 1,000 since the Brazilian crisis intensified a week ago.
That led to a death toll of 25,598 nationwide, the sixth highest in the world.
Now, the country with a population of 210 million has 411,821 confirmed cases of the virus, second only to the United States.
Experts say that insufficient testing means that the actual number may be much higher.
President Jair Bolsonaro has faced increasing criticism for his response to the health crisis.
The far-right leader played down the severity of the virus and opposed measures to stay at home, arguing that the economic consequences are more harmful than the virus itself.
“The so-called second wave is coming: recession. It will affect everyone, without exception,” he wrote on Facebook.
But most state governments have adhered to the guidance of the World Health Organization and shut down non-essential businesses.
Sao Paulo is the country ’s industrial center and the hardest hit state, and extended its location to June 15 on Wednesday, although Governor Joao Doria announced that it will gradually reopen from June 1 Certain activities “.
At the same time, Bolsonaro will pin his hopes on hydroxychloroquine drugs, just like US President Donald Trump, who is touted as a potential miracle drug for COVID-19.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health recommends that doctors in the public health system prescribe hydroxychloroquine or related medicine chloroquine from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.
The organization said on Monday that although WHO has concluded clinical trials due to concerns about the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine against coronavirus, it still adheres to the guidelines.
Brazil is facing a crisis, and interim health minister General Eduardo Pazuello (Eduardo Pazuello) is the third person to hold the position within a month.
According to reports, his predecessor resigned because he did not agree with hydroxychloroquine’s view of Bornano. The president also fired the former health minister after conflicts over how to deal with the pandemic.
At the same time, in the most dangerous areas, the hospital is close to the critical point, and it is expected that the epidemic in Brazil will not peak until next month.
“We are particularly concerned that the number of new cases reported last week in Brazil was the highest for a seven-day period since the outbreak began,” Carissa Etienne, director of the Washington-based Pan American Health Organization, said Tuesday.
One of the country s best-known doctors, the neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, called it “the worst war Brazil has ever faced.”
“We never had an event like this. We never lost 25,000 people in a span of three months,” Nicolelis, who is coordinating the virus response in the impoverished and hard-hit northeast, told AFP.
“We never got invaded in our history, but I m referring to this virus as an invasion. It came like an invading army, and it s invading the whole of the country.”