Brazil said another 2,595 people died from COVID-19 on Friday. Thus, a total of 82,266 people died from the coronavirus in April in the South American country. That’s the second consecutive monthly record.
Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has frequently come up with ancient decisions since the beginning of the pandemic. Bolsonaro’s stance is that he describes COVID-19 as a “simple flu”, opposes full shutdown, and calls the Pfizer vaccine “turning people into crocodiles”. Although many people oppose the Brazilian government’s decisions, there are also a lot of people in the country who act with the same mind as Bolsonaro. As a result, Brazil is the second country in the world to record the highest number of COVID-19 deaths; The U.S. is first.
The total number of deaths exceeds 400,000
According to data from Brazil’s Health Ministry, 66,573 people died from the coronavirus in March. This underscores the sharp increase in deaths in recent weeks. The death toll from the pandemic in the country of 212 million people exceeded 400,000 on Thursday. However, with a mortality rate of 189 per 100,000 people, the country has one of the highest mortality rates.
The country is struggling to get more vaccines. The Senate is investigating whether the government of President Jair Bolsonaro has exacerbated the crisis. Although experts say the peak of the new wave appears to have passed, hospitals are on the brink of collapse in many areas.
The mutant virus that emerged in Brazil has also increased the latest surge. The COVID-19 Brazilian variant (P1) appeared in or around the Amazon rainforest city of Manaus in December. It then infected approximately 40 countries. Scientists are citing evidence that the P1 variant is twice as contagious. The P1 variant also escaped antibodies, the researchers said. That’s why they think it can easily infect those who have survived other strains of COVID-19 or have been vaccinated.
About 29 million people in Brazil received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 13 million people had both doses. However, many cities in the country have suspended second doses due to shortages, according to TV Globo. Bolsonaro controversially downplayed the virus and opposed full shutdown methods to contain it. He also rejected some vaccine offers. The government’s misjudgments have plunged the country into a dead end.