COVID-19: more than 2 million infections in Brazil
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.
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.