COVID-19 : Brazil is ahead of Italy in the number of deaths

COVID-19 : le Brésil devance l'Italie au nombre de décès

Brazil became on Thursday the third country in the world, lamenting the more deaths related to the new coronavirus, exceeding the threshold of 34 000 deaths, ahead of Italy, after a new record of deaths recorded in 24 hours.

The last balance-sheet of the ministry of Health reported 34 021 deaths and 614 941 confirmed cases, with 1 473 deaths recorded since Wednesday evening, knowing that the official figures are largely underestimated, according to experts.

With 212 million inhabitants, Brazil has a population three times larger than that of Italy, which has been the epicenter of the pandemic in Europe, and has 33 689 dead.

Brazil deplores, however, 153 the dead of Covid-19 per million inhabitants, compared to 557,2 for Italy or 587,8 for the United Kingdom.

Brazil is the second country in the world in terms of people infected, behind the United States, with 30 925 new cases confirmed in 24 hours.

For the third consecutive day, the largest country in Latin America registers a record of the dead, day-to-day, after 1 349 Wednesday, and 1 262 Tuesday.

The ministry’s figures have been broadcast only after 22 h, without any explanation on this late hour has been provided. They were communicated as early as 17 h at the beginning of the pandemic.

It’s been almost three weeks that Brazil no longer has a minister of Health, since the resignation of Nelson Teich, replaced on an interim basis by Eduardo Pazuello, a general active.

The State of Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous of the country, remains the worst affected, with 8 560 people dead and 129 of 200 confirmed cases, in front of Rio de Janeiro (6 327 dead and 60 032-infected persons). These two States have, however, started this week a gradual recovery of economic activity.

The situation remains critical in the poor States of the North, such as the Amazonas (2 183 dead), and Para (3 416), or the northeast, like Ceará (3 813) or Pernambuco (3 124).

Even if the curves of the pandemic remain on the rise, the president of extreme right-wing Jair Bolsonaro continues to advocate the return to normal activities in the name of preserving employment, calling into question the containment measures taken by the governors of the States.

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