Brazil registered 824 new deaths from coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total to 14,817, while the number of total infections reached 218,223 confirmed cases, throughout the country.
The figures confirm that the Latin American country could be reaching the peak of the curve of cases, at a time when it is experiencing a real political storm after the resignation of the Health Minister in a few months, due to discrepancies with President Jair Bolsonaro related to the management of the pandemic.
According to the balance of the ministry on Friday, 15,305 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the third record followed in the week. Regarding the number of cases, the growth was 7.4%. In relation to the increase in the number of deaths, the growth was 5.8%.
On Thursday, the undersecretary of Health surveillance, Eduardo Macário said that the country is experiencing an alert situation due to the increase in cases and deaths in Covid-19.
“The main message is that we are still in a time of growing cases. There are no prospects at this time of stabilization or even of a decrease ”, Macário said. "What we have is perhaps the reduction in the dynamics of the infection, when we compare, for example, with the United States, which had very high linear growth"he added, quoted by Folha.
The political crisis in Brazil due to the increase in deaths and infections was added on Friday by the political crisis with the resignation of the Health Minister. When Nelson Teich took office less than a month ago, the trajectory of the Covid-19 curve in Brazil was already ascending. In the week it was named, Brazil registered an average of 2,000 cases of COVID-19 per day.
In the week of his fall, however, the daily average of new cases was already 10.4 thousand. In absolute numbers, Brazil had 33,759 cases of the disease on the day Teich took office. This Friday, Brazil has 218,223.
The five countries with the most cases of Covid-19 in the world are the USA (1.4 million), Russia (262 thousand), the United Kingdom (238 thousand), Spain (230 thousand) and Italy (223 thousand). Brazil is next in sixth place, but at this rate, it could soon overtake Italy.
Brazil is also the sixth country with the most deaths in the world. The first five are the United States (86 thousand), the United Kingdom (34 thousand), Italy (31 thousand), France (27 thousand) and Spain (27 thousand).
Tensions between Bolsonaro and Teich
Teich He began his administration with a diffuse message about the suitability of quarantines. However, with the passing of days, he distanced himself from the speech of the ruler, who is committed to returning to normality “immediately” because, as he maintains, unemployment “also kills”. The now former minister He then warned that Brazil may register a thousand deaths a day and ruled out, for the time being, recommending the relaxation of isolation measures, as Bolsonaro defends.
“No one is thinking of relaxing isolation. At this moment, nobody is thinking of making anything more flexible ”, pointed out days ago. But the president ignored these guidelines and without notifying his Minister of Health, he included hairdressers, beauty salons and gyms in the list of essential activities. Teich learned of the president's decision through journalists at a press conference.
Later, both leaders entered conflict regarding the use of chloroquine, a drug whose efficacy against COVID-19 is not scientifically proven, but which Bolsonaro defends even for mild cases. Teich, on the other hand, warned this week about “collateral” risks of administering this antimalarial drug to those infected with coronavirus, to which the president responded implicitly asking all his ministers to be "in tune" with him.
On the eve, in a virtual meeting with businessmen, Bolsonaro went one step further today and assured that "Would require" Teich to modify the recommendation on the use of chloroquine, which now the Ministry of Health only advises for more serious conditions.
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