RIO DE JANEIRO | Brazil, has passed on Tuesday the age of 30, 000 died of the coronavirus after a record of deaths in 24 hours, but the strong progression of the disease in the country has not prevented Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo to begin a déconfinement.
The country has deplored 1 262 people dead, the worst record daily since may 21, (1 188), announced the ministry of Health.
Brazil, a country of 212 million people, which represents more than half of the cases of infection and deaths from the coronavirus in Latin America, has recorded 555 383 confirmed cases of Covid-19, following a progression — strong it, too — of nearly 29 000 cases in 24 hours.
These figures, which the scientific community believes that they are grossly under-valued, are Brazil in 4th place in the world for the dead, behind the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy.
However, with 146 deaths per million inhabitants, Brazil has a ratio still much lower than that of Italy (554) or United States (more than 300).
The two brazilian States most affected are Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in the Southeast.
In Sao Paulo, the evolution of the pandemic is particularly worrying, with the highest figures at the time of death and contamination in the 24 hours since the onset of the first case of Covid-19 of Brazil in this State, on the 26th of February.
Economic powerhouse and the country’s cultural, State, lamented Tuesday evening 7 994 deaths (+327) and 118 295 cases (+6 999).
The one in Rio de Janeiro, the great tourist pole of the country, regrets 5 686 people dead and more than 56 000 cases of contamination.
These two States have, however, started a the beginning of déconfinement, that many experts felt rushed in view of the high rates of contamination.
Death at home
On Tuesday, the inhabitants of Rio are returned cautiously to the Atlantic ocean, the surfers, especially on the first day of a plan for the gradual return to normal in a city weary of confinement, which lasts from the end of march.
“I believe that here, in the water, there is no risk, this is not like in the stores,” explained Cesar Calmon, delighted to have found “after 70 days, the good waves” Arpoador, in the bay of Ipanema.
If it is not possible to lie down on the miles of white sandy beach of the city, swimming and other water activities are allowed.
Beyond the pharmacies and supermarkets that remained open, only car dealers and furniture stores, and decoration have been able to resume their activities, as well as places of worship.
Exhibitor the day before his six-step plan to a “return to normal” in August, the mayor of Rio, the evangelical pastor Marcelo Crivella, had relied on an occupancy rate of beds in intensive care lower at 87 %.
A figure that obscures the fact that the deaths in the home “of unknown cause” are exceptionally many now in Rio.
In Sao Paulo, the beginning of déconfinement is reflected in the streets more animated. The majority of localities of this State to the 46 million people — as much as Spain — have reopened their malls, real estate agencies and car dealers.
But the mayor of Sao Paulo, Bruno Covas, has extended until 15 June, a containment which is not subject to any coercive measures. A caution reinforced by the alarming figures published on Tuesday.
Scientists have found it precipitated the beginning of the déconfinement, a step that no other country has apparently taken while he was still in the rising phase of the pandemic.
“The city council would have had to wait for the curve infléchisse, as did the other countries which have started to ease their restrictions. This is not the case in Rio, where the curve rise “, explained to AFP Paulo Buss, of the research institute of the Fiocruz.
The containment has been the subject of violent confrontations between the governors of the States, which have a decision-making power in matters of public health, and a president Jair Bolsonaro calling upon the people, so insistent, at times provocative, to return to work to avoid “hunger and poverty” in Brazil.
Sunday again, it had taken a bath of crowd in Brasilia among his followers.