COVID-19: more than 2 million infections in Brazil

COVID-19: plus de 2 millions de contaminations au Brésil

COVID-19: plus de 2 millions de contaminations au Brésil

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July 16, 2020 22.55


COVID-19: more than 2 million infections in Brazil

Agence France-Presse

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has crossed Thursday the milestone of 2 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 recorded 45 403 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 2 012 151 contamination, announced the ministry of Health.

These figures are however considered to be largely inferior to the reality by the scientific community, due to the lack of tests.

More than four months after the first death attributable to the COVID-19, Brazil has registered over the past 24 hours, a very high number of dead — 1322 — bringing the total to 76 688 deaths.

If no deceleration occurs, the country of 212 million people should reach the age of 80, 000 deaths in the next few days.

The number of deaths 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.

Brazil deplores 365 deaths per million inhabitants, a figure below the majority of countries have been shaken by the crisis in the health part of China, but that hides very large regional disparities.

The coronavirus is very active currently in the South, and, in a State on five of the huge country, the curve of the contamination is still, frankly, backward. The pandemic seems to linger in a Brazil registered its first contamination on the 26th of February.

The behaviour of the virus is different in different regions of the country-continent, but many cities still have not reached a plateau, or for new infection or death, warn experts.

“Two million [of contamination], it is a symbolic figure, because we do not have a test mass”, told AFP Jean Gorinchteyn, infectious diseases physician at the Institute Emilio Ribas and the hospital Albert Einstein in São Paulo.

“But the real figure is probably four or five times higher,” he estimated.

“Ascending Phase”

The State of São Paulo, the economic and cultural capital of the country, is the most affected, with over 19 000 deaths and more than 400 000 cases of contamination, or one-fifth of those from all over the country.

In the South-East, the State tourism of Rio de Janeiro is in second place for the number of deaths — nearly 12,000 — and has about 135 000 cases of contamination.

These two populous States have begun recently to a recovery in economic activity, with a re-opening including shops, restaurants, cafes and gyms deemed premature by doctors who fear a rebound of the pandemic.

“We are still in an ascending phase” of the pandemic, said Dr Gorinchteyn, “the déconfinement is very fast, and it is possible that these numbers are still increasing a lot.”

Confined in his presidential palace Alvorada, the president Bolsonaro 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.


COVID-19: plus de 2 millions de contaminations au Brésil

Russia has been accused on Thursday by London, Washington and Ottawa want to steal research on a vaccine against the COVID-19.



Russia has been accused on Thursday by London, Washington and Ottawa want to steal research on a vaccine against the COVID-19, a disease that continues to spread in the world.

Full global race to the vaccine, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada have accused the intelligence services of the Russian of being behind cyber attacks designed to seize research, an accusation strongly denied by the Kremlin.

According to the government agency british in charge of cyber security, a group of hackers russians took to organisations in britain, canada and the us.

In the Face of the upsurge of the contamination and the threat of a second wave, many countries in Europe continue to tighten sanitary measures.

More than 68 000 new cases in the United States

The United States have again defeated Thursday a record of contamination daily COVID-19, with more than 68 000 new cases registered in 24 hours, according to figures from the Johns Hopkins University, that reference.

At 20: 30 pm, eastern daylight time, Thursday, 3 560 364 cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the country since the beginning of the epidemic. The United States had already beaten the day before, a record of new cases in a day.

The number of deaths over the last 24 hours amounted him to 974, for a total of 138 201 dead.

Become the epicentre of the current epidemic in the country, Florida has experienced on Thursday, with 156 deaths, the worst day of the pandemic.

These deaths follow an exponential increase in contamination was observed at the beginning of the month of June, due to the delay between infection, hospitalization and death.

The Florida is the american State that detects the addition of new cases each day, ahead of California and Texas, whose balance sheets daily average 10 000 cases. More than 315 000 people of Florida have been contaminated to this day.

Despite the violent resurgence of the epidemic in the country, where more than half of the States display a number of infections detected increased, a reconfinement does not seem to be the order of the day, even if bars and restaurants were closed in several regions.

The United States are the countries in the world most affected in absolute value, both in total number of reported cases and deaths. According to the forecasts of epidemiological models, the situation should get worse.

More than 5,600 deaths in 24 hours in the world

The pandemic of novel coronavirus has killed at least 585 750 deaths in the world since the WHO office in China has reported the appearance of the disease at the end of December, according to a report drawn up by AFP from official sources on Thursday at 15h eastern daylight saving time.

More than 13 660 780 cases of infection have been officially diagnosed in 196 countries and territories since the beginning of the epidemic, of which at least 7 442 700 are now considered as cured.

This number of diagnosed cases does not reflect, however, that a fraction of the real number of infections. Some countries test only for severe cases, others use the tests as a priority for tracing and number of poor countries do not have that capacity screening limited.

Since the count conducted Wednesday at 15 pm, eastern daylight time, 5604 new deaths and 236 985 new cases have been identified in the world. AFP

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