Brazil Reaches New Daily COVID Death Record As Crisis Intensifies | News on the coronavirus pandemic
More than 2,280 coronavirus deaths in one day come as President Jair Bolsonaro signs a bill to speed up vaccine purchases.
Brazil has once again recorded a single-day record of deaths from the novel coronavirus, as the head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that almost every state in the country is seeing an increase in infections .
Brazil’s health ministry said on Wednesday 2,286 people had died in the past 24 hours – against 1972 deaths reported a day earlier.
More than 268,000 people have died in Brazil since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – the second highest death rate in the world after the United States.
The country also reported 79,876 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing its total to more than 11.1 million infections.
During a news Report, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne warned that “cases are on the rise in almost all Brazilian states and over the past week the country reported its second highest infection rate and its deadliest day since the start of the pandemic ”.
She highlighted the state of Amazonas, which experienced earlier this year lack of oxygen and other supplies needed to treat patients with COVID-19 amid a spike in infections and hospitalizations.
The state is also the place where a more easily transmitted virus variant was first discovered, increasing the spread of infection.
“We are concerned about the situation in Brazil. He soberly recalls the threat of resurgence: areas hard hit by the virus in the past are still vulnerable to infection today, ”said Etienne.
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a COVID-19 skeptic who downplayed the threat of the virus and the need to enact public health restrictions, has faced mounting criticism for his government’s handling of the pandemic.
Earlier on Wednesday, Bolsonaro signed a bill to speed up vaccine purchases as the country failed to administer numerous shots due to delivery delays and inefficiencies.
“Let’s trust our government, let’s trust the Ministry of Health,” Bolsonaro said.
“It is an administration of seriousness and responsibility.”
Bolsonaro faced severe criticism earlier in the day of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who could possibly run again after a Brazilian Supreme Court judge canceled his corruption convictions earlier this week.
“Do not follow any foolish decision of the President of the Republic or the Minister of Health: get yourself vaccinated,” said Lula, who was president between 2003 and 2011.
He has not, however, confirmed whether he will run against Bolsonaro in the polls next year.