GENEVA | The outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached a “plateau” in Brazil, the second country most affected in the world by number of cases reported, said the world health Organization on Friday, calling on the authorities to seize this opportunity to push back the disease.”
The reproductive rate of the virus, which measures the number of new people infected by each infected person, greater than 1.5 or 2 in April/may, now lies between 0.5 and 1.5 in different regions of Brazil, explained the director of the situations of health emergencies in the WHO, Michael Ryan, during a press conference.
“The growth in Brazil is no longer exponential, it has reached a plateau”, he said.
Brazil has crossed Thursday the course of the two million infections with the novel coronavirus, the second balance is the highest in the world behind the United States, and is close to that of the 80.000 dead.
The largest Latin american country has registered 45.403 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 2.012.151 contamination, according to the ministry of Health.
“There is a plateau. Brazil now has the opportunity to fight off disease, suppress the transmission of the virus to take control” of the epidemic, stressed Michael Ryan.
“Until now, in many countries, including in Brazil, this is the virus which (…) has laid down the rules”, he added, noting: “once the figures are finalised, it will be possible to reduce the transmission.”
The manager WHO has assured that Brazil has “now given the opportunity to do so”, but that”it’s going to have to take action very sustained and concerted action to achieve it”, stressing that there was “no guarantee” that the virus recedes of itself.
The number of deaths in Brazil is also the second worst record in the world, behind the United States, in this country whose head of State, Jair Bolsonaro, has also been infected and is quarantined.
Confined, the president Bolsonaro, openly skeptical about the pandemic and opposed to the measures of protection against the virus, expressed in turn his impatience in the face of deprivation “horrible” freedom of movement, and his unwavering faith in the hydroxychloroquine. He was assured that he “was fine” through the molecule whose effectiveness has not been scientifically proven to date.