In the last 24 hours, Brazil registered 13,140 new cases of coronavirus, making it the third country with the highest number of infections worldwide, surpassing the United Kingdom. With this balance disclosed by the Ministry of Health, the number of cases in the South American country amounts to 254,220 thousand cases and 16,792 deaths, of which 674 were registered from Sunday to Monday.
San Pablo is the state with the most cases, with a total of 163,066. They are followed by Rio de Janeiro (26,665), Ceará (26,363), Amazonas (20,913) and Pernambuco (20,094).
In relation to the number of deaths, San Pablo also ranks first, with 4,823 deaths. Rio de Janeiro (2,852), Ceará (1,748), Pernambuco (1,640) and Amazonas (1,433), also follow in this balance.
The trend is that the numbers of infected and dead continue to grow exponentially until July, for when the peak of the incidence curve is expected.
According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, The list of most affected countries is led by the United States, with 1,496,509 cases, followed by Russia (290,678) and Brazil, which now accounts for more infections than the United Kingdom (247,706).
With a marked upward curve in recent days, Brazil outnumbered Germany (176,551) and France (179,693) a week ago, and on Friday left Italy (225,886) and Spain (231.606) behind. And the trend is that in a few days it will rise to second place since the figures tend to rise in the South American country, where the peak of the curve is expected for next month.
Regarding the number of deaths, Brazil accumulates 16,792 and ranks sixth in the list of countries with the highest number of victims and far from fifth. It is surpassed by the United States with more than 90,000 deaths, the United Kingdom (34,876), Italy (32,007), France (28,111) and Spain (27,709).
Despite the fact that the Brazilian authorities initially expected the peak of the curve in May and the regional governments came to think about lifting the restrictions this month, the figures indicate that some weeks are still missing, so the social distancing measures were extended in some areas of the country. However, Brazil reaches these levels of contagion amid internal tension over Jair Bolsonaro's policies. While governors and mayors defend measures of confinement, the Brazilian president rejects them and calls on the population to continue with their normal lives.
The San Pablo governorate, the most populated and affected state by the disease, admitted that he studies imposing a total quarantine Due to the fact that the social distancing measures adopted up to now have not been effective and because it is already waiting for a collapse in its health system.
This Sunday, the head of state even led another demonstration in Brasilia, again challenging the health guidelines against crowds. Closely accompanied by several of his ministers, Bolsonaro greeted hundreds of supporters who crowded outside the Presidential Palace of Planalto with Brazilian flags, cornets, loudspeakers and posters with his name and in favor of the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the new coronavirus. , among other slogans.
"It is very gratifying to receive a demonstration of support (...), it strengthens us," said the president after approaching his followers with a metal barricade.
However, Bolsonaro did not comment on the resignation of his health minister Nelson Teich, who left the government last Friday without completing a month in office due to "incompatibilities" with the president; same reason he was removed from office earlier Luiz Henrique Mandetta. The Ministry of Health was temporarily in command of General Eduardo Pazuello.
Always downplaying the disease that has already killed more than 300,000 people around the world, Bolsonaro used his social networks over the weekend to continue to question confinement policies and praise the use of chloroquine as a treatment against COVID-19, without commenting on the tragic figures from Brazil.
For his part, Mandetta gave an alert on Monday, indicating that the figures he was working with a month ago indicate that the peak will only occur in July. “I once said that we would have 20 very tough weeks ahead of us. Eight weeks passed and 12 are missing. I said that the cases were going to increase in April, May and June; that in July, when we will reach the peak of the curve, we will stabilize, although the records will remain high until August, when the number of cases will begin to drop; and that in September we will be in something closer to something enjoyable, "he said in an interview with the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.
The former Health Minister assured that he alerted Bolsonaro to the severity of the pandemic and told him that the number of deaths "would surprise", but that the head of state was more concerned with the economic paralysis. "I never said it and I'm not going to say it, but we had our case studies of numbers of cases and deaths. Nothing of what is happening today is a surprise for the Government ”, he claimed.
Bolsonar, one of the most skeptical rulers about the severity of the pandemic, has come to qualify COVID-19 as a "flu". In recent days, he argued that the coronavirus "will infect 70% of the population sooner or later" and "will kill many people" regardless of the distancing measures adopted.
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