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Brazil reported 20,803 new infections and is already the second country in the world in confirmed cases

Photo: REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli
Photo: REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli

Brazilian health authorities reported this Friday 20,803 new infections of the new coronavirus. In this way, with 330,890 confirmed transmissions, it surpassed Russia and went on to occupy the Second on the gloomy list, behind only the United States.

In addition, the Ministry of Health recorded 1,001 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 21,048.

The top five countries with the most deaths are United States (95,000), the United Kingdom (36,000), Italy (32,000), Spain and France (28,000). Brazil takes the place. For its part, Russia, the second country with the most cases, totals just over 3,000 deaths, generating internal and external distrust.

According to Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO (World Health Organization), Latin America is the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic and Brazil is the most worrying country, with 57% of the dead in the region.

The number of infections could be up to 15 times higher due to the difficulty of having accurate statistics due to the lack of tests, according to analysts.

Archive image of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, observing during a demonstration against the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, the Federal Supreme Court and the quarantine and social distancing measures decreed by some states of the country in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, in Brasilia, May 17, 2020. REUTERS / Adriano Machado
Archive image of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, observing during a demonstration against the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, the Federal Supreme Court and the quarantine and social distancing measures decreed by some states of the country in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, in Brasilia, May 17, 2020. REUTERS / Adriano Machado

Estimates also released this Friday by Imperial College and cited by Folha de S. Paulo indicate that transmission of the disease continues to accelerate in Brazil. The contagion rate, which indicates how many people on average each infected person transmits the coronavirus, calculated at 1.3 (it is calculated that when it is above 1, the transmission is out of control).

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The World Health Organization said on Friday that it does not support the decision of the Brazilian Government to approve the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19, due to the lack of scientific evidence that it is a drug. safe and effective against this disease.

"Clinical evidence does not support the use of this medicine and is not recommended at least until clear results of clinical trials are available.”Said the director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, Mike Ryan, at a press conference in Geneva.

May 14 photograph showing an indigenous woman wearing a mask with the inscription

Photograph of May 14 showing an indigenous woman wearing a mask with the inscription "indigenous lives matter", during the funeral of the cacique Messías Kokama, victim of COVID-19, in the Parque de las Tribos, in the city of Manaos, Amazonas (Brazil). EFE / Raphael Alves / Archive

He added that Research from the WHO regional office for the Americas, known as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has not reached conclusions that would recommend it either.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health had published on Wednesday, at the indication of the country's president, Jair Bolsonaro, a protocol for the treatment of patients with coronavirus, which covers the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in mild cases.

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