Rio de Janeiro: Brazil passed a bleak milestone of one million coronavirus cases last Friday. It reported that as the pandemic in Latin America’s largest country continued to rise, the number of infections reached a one-day high.
The Ministry of Health said it has recorded 54771 new infections, mainly due to the “unstable” reporting system, which means that some states are reporting multiple days of data.
This brings the total number of infections in Brazil to 1,032,913 and 48,954 deaths, second only to the United States.
Experts say that insufficient testing means that the actual number may be much higher.
Despite the grim data, Brazil’s infection curve finally shows signs of flattening.
However, this country with a population of 212 million is one of the most worrying hot spots in the pandemic.
According to Agence France-Presse statistics based on official data, since the beginning of June, it has recorded the latest infections and deaths in any country in the world, exceeding 518,000 and 19,000 respectively.
In the past four days, more than 1,000 deaths have been recorded every day.
Brazil has been working hard to develop a strategy to deal with the pandemic.
The famous President Jair Bolsonaro compared the virus with the “little flu”. He and state and local authorities clashed with home measures and shutting down businesses to contain it.
The far-right leader believes that the economic impact of this measure may be worse than the virus itself. Therefore, although uncertain about the effectiveness of antimalarial drugs on COVID-19, he prompted the Ministry of Health to recommend the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine As a treatment.
Bolsonaro threatened to withdraw from the World Health Organization this month, accusing the organization of “ideological prejudice” against drugs. Since the pandemic began, it has abandoned two health ministers after conflicting policy differences .
Luiz Henrique Mandetta, the health minister he sacked in April, told AFP Brazilians that they suffered because of inconsistent government information.
He said: “The Ministry of Health and the Governor are telling people to stay at home and practice social alienation, while the President is saying the opposite.”
During his one-and-a-half-year term, Bolsonaro was weakened by a pandemic and a series of investigations against him and his inner circle, as well as a spiraling conflict with Congress and the Supreme Court.
At the same time, the World Bank predicts that the largest economy in Latin America will shrink by a record 8% this year.