Brazil, the second country in the world with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19, this Sunday reached 363,211 infections by registering 15,813 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to the last balance disclosed by the Ministry of Health.
The number of deaths, meanwhile, also increases. On the last day, 653 new victims were reported, for which a total of 22,666 people have lost their lives due to the pandemic in the South American country.
Brazil, which in the last week has reported 17,500 daily cases, on average, has already surpassed Russia, which is in third place on the list of countries with the most infected with COVID-19, with just over 344,000 and which this Sunday registered the lowest number of infections since May 1, with 8,599 cases in the last 24 hours. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States remains the nation most affected by the pandemic, with more than 1.6 million cases.
San Pablo, the richest and most populous state in Brazil, with some 46 million inhabitants, continues as the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, registering 6,163 deaths and 82,161 confirmed cases. Rio de Janeiro, which borders the 4,000 deaths from COVID-19, already has 37,912 infected and with the collapsed health system, became again the second region that concentrates more cases in Brazil. It is followed by the state of Ceará, in the impoverished northeast of the country, with 35,595 infections and 2,324 deaths, alarming numbers for its population, estimated at some nine million people.
Amazonas, another of the regions most affected by the pandemic in Brazil, registered 29,867 cases and 1,758 deaths. There, the first state in the country to collapse due to the coronavirus, the numbers begin to drop in the urban region, but those of indigenous populations raise alarms.
According to the latest report from the Secretary of Indigenous Health, 452 of the 760 confirmed cases of indigenous people throughout the country are registered in that region of the country. This means that 60% of the Brazilian natives affected by COVID-19 are located in the state of Amazonas, which has a total of 27 ethnic groups and 236 villages that are served only by an indigenous health center and the only units of intensive care (ICU) are in the capital, Manaus, hundreds of kilometers from their towns.
Among the cases registered in the indigenous population of the Amazon, the most alarming situation is at the top of the Solimões river, where 282 infections and 18 deaths have been reported.
In this context, while in Brazil the death toll exceeded 22,000, President Jair Bolsonaro once again challenged COVID-19 by participating in a demonstration of followers, in which he mixed with the crowd, again ignoring the recommendations to avoid being infected by the virus.
The president, who since the beginning of the pandemic has played down considering it just as a "gripita", mingled among the crowd without a mask, disobeying the orders of the authorities that make its use mandatory to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Almost unable to move between the crowds, Bolsonaro greeted several of the followers and even hugged and carried children in his arms.
The head of state was happy with the support of his followers at a time when his credibility is on the tightrope due to a series of statements that have come to light in the midst of an investigation that is being carried out for his alleged political interventions in the Federal Police, an autonomous body of the Brazilian State.
With information from EFE
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