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Brazil passes grim milestone of 600,000 Covid-19 deaths, second solely to US

The South American nation, which holds half the continent’s inhabitants, has now suffered 600,425 coronavirus deaths. It is simply the second nation to move the 600,000 mark, after the US which has registered 712,695 deaths.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been closely criticized for his dealing with of the pandemic. The conservative populist chief has repeatedly downplayed the gravity of the outbreak, declared he wouldn’t get vaccinated as a result of he had already had Covid-19, and championed the unproven malaria drugs hydroxychloroquine as a therapy.

Over the previous yr, Bolsonaro has often raged in opposition to municipal and state-level lockdown orders in Brazil, even in the course of the grimmest moments of the pandemic, when hospitals stuffed to capability and entire cities ran out of oxygen.

A woman, wrapped in a Brazilian national flag, chants slogans during a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday, October 2.
Earlier this month, 1000’s of protesters gathered in main cities throughout Brazil, calling for the President’s impeachment amid worsening financial circumstances, rising unemployment, and starvation within the Covid-wracked nation.
Bolsonaro, who’s up for reelection subsequent yr, advised world leaders on the United Nations’ General Assembly final month that whereas he regrets “all of the deaths that took place in Brazil and worldwide,” the toll of unemployment should be balanced in opposition to that of the coronavirus.
Deaths have risen sharply in Brazil, which in June handed the 500,000 mark.

Vaccines supply hope

But regardless of Friday’s tragic milestone, there are actually indicators that infections in Brazil are lastly ebbing, because the nation ramps up vaccinations after a gradual begin, Reuters experiences. More than 70% of Brazilians have obtained a primary dose, in comparison with 65% within the United States.

“The rejection rate of vaccines is really low, it makes other countries jealous,” stated Alexandre Naime Barbosa, head of epidemiology at Sao Paulo State University. “That’s really important for Brazil to contain the pandemic.”

Brazil additionally seems to have been spared the worst of the Delta variant to date, with registered deaths and instances falling regardless of the arrival of the extra contagious pressure.

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