RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil, has passed on Wednesday the cape town of 60 000 people died of the coronavirus, after you have registered 1038 additional deaths during the past 24 hours, announced the ministry of Health.
Brazil, which has been the country in the world where the COVID-19 has the most deaths every day for nearly a week, deplores the fact that a total of 60 632 deaths, according to ministry data, considered to be very undervalued by the scientific community, because this country few practice tests.
Of great concern also: the number of new infections announced Wednesday, is one of the highest ever recorded, with 46 712 additional cases in 24 hours, a sign that the pandemic was in full swing in the largest country in Latin America.
The States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are the most affected, with respectively 15 030 and 10 198 deaths of about 290 000 and 116 000 contamination.
These two States have, however, ordered the resumption of economic and commercial activities after a confinement of more than three months.
In terms of deaths and contaminations — 1.44 million cases — Brazil, with its 212 million inhabitants, is the country most affected by the coronavirus behind the United States.
However, it regrets 284 deaths per million inhabitants, far behind the United States (385) or Italy (575).
But this average hides large regional disparities: the Rio de Janeiro State record 584 deaths per million inhabitants and that of Ceará (North-east) 673 — rates comparable to those of the countries affected.
Brazil, which has recorded its first death of the COVID-19 on 16 march, reported last week a record number of new infections (more than 259 000).
And 7 005 people died of this disease last week, just behind the record of 7 285 deaths recorded the previous week.
A series of pandemics
For scientists, the Brazil is not hit by a single pandemic, but by a series of pandemics.
“There are several in Brazil. In some places the pandemic recedes, in others it is progressing “, told AFP professor Roberto Medonho, director of the research division of the University Hospital Clementino Fraga Filho, federal university of Rio de Janeiro.
This scientist is considered ” early and inappropriate “, the measures for the early lifting of the confinement of States, such as those of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
In Rio, the restaurants, bars and sports halls are expected to reopen Thursday and the football league resumed in mid-June, raising many criticisms. In Sao Paulo, the economic capital of Brazil, the shops have reopened.
The population is tired of a confinement that lasts more than three months and the distancing of physical releases: the rate of contamination each infected person is back to 1.51. “This figure will increase further with the re-openings “, predicted Mr. Medonho.
No national policy has been implemented in Brazil since the onset of the first case at the end of February. The governors of the various States have acted in a disorganized manner, while often being the target of retribution from the president Jair Bolsonaro.
The latter has minimized the crisis and showed itself fiercely hostile to the containment in the name of the backup of the first economy of Latin America.
But the face of the advance of the pandemic, some States, particularly in the south of Brazil, réinstaurent the quarantine.
With 7.8 million jobs already lost, the brazilian economy is already promised to a contraction history of nearly 10 % of its gross domestic Product, according to the international monetary Fund.