Sao Paulo: Brazil ’s Ministry of Health said on Tuesday that Brazil ’s COVID-19 death toll was the highest in a single day, with 881 new deaths confirmed in the past 24 hours.
Brazil, the Latin American country most affected by the pandemic, seems to be rapidly becoming the new global flashpoint.
The total number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus has now reached 12,400 in the country, with 177,589 confirmed cases, an increase of 9,258 cases from the previous day.
This makes Brazil the sixth most affected country after the United States, Britain, Italy, France and Spain.
“Certainly, the increase of cases (in Brazil) in the last several days is a case of concern,” Marcos Espinal, head of the communicable diseases department at the Pan American Health Organization, told a briefing in Washington.
Experts say under-testing means the real numbers in Brazil are probably far higher.
“Brazil is only testing people who end up in the hospital,” said Domingo Alves, one of the authors of a study published last week that estimated the real number of infections in the country was 15 times higher than the official figure.
“It s hard to know what s really happening based on the available data. We don t have a real policy to manage the outbreak. The pandemic is passing through as it pleases,” he told AFP.
Brazil ’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro downplayed the epidemic, equating the virus with “little flu”, condemning the surrounding “hysteria”, and urging states and local authorities to stop at home Taking measures has caused criticism.
Prior to this, Brazil’s highest single-day toll was 751 deaths on May 8.