RIO DE JANEIRO. Brazil surpassed a gloomy milestone this week of more than 600,000 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to second behind the United States.
The country’s official death toll reached 600,493 late Friday night, more than a year and a half after the outbreak of the pandemic in Brazil, according to a consortium of major media companies that collected data from local governments. According to the New York Times database, there are 712,822 deaths in the United States.
According to experts, the Brazilian vaccination campaign appears to have slowed the spread of the coronavirus. In just 36 days, the country took the death toll from 300,000 to 400,000, and 51 days for the disease to claim the next 100,000 victims, this figure passed on June 19. The last 100,000 victims of Covid-19 have died within 111 days.
Natalia Pasternak, microbiologist, president Instituto Questão de Ciênciathe Brazilian nongovernmental organization said the country will be on track to combat the pandemic if it continues to vaccinate people at the same rate.
“We must show responsible optimism in the country in promoting vaccination,” said Ms Pasternak in Portuguese. “This is thanks to a very good national immunization program that was developed several decades ago and an extremely supportive population of the vaccine.”
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a conservative populist, has come under fire for how he handled the pandemic. He has repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, opposed quarantine measures, refused vaccinations, and advocated the use of ineffective treatments. His government has also been slow to secure access to coronavirus vaccines, despite Covid overflowing hospitals across the country.
Most Brazilians want to be immunized against the virus, polls show… Despite the fact that the initial campaign to vaccinate the population was hampered at the beginning of the year due to lack of doses, health workers were able to complete the immunization. 46 percent Brazilians by Friday, data from a media consortium show.
Earlier this month, the number of deaths from Covid-19 in the United States surpassed 700,000. The death toll increased over the summer as the highly contagious variant of Delta spread, despite an abundant supply of vaccines.… Brazil, India and Mexico follow in the ranking of total deaths, according to The New York Times.
Questions were raised about the quality of the data released Brazilian government due to delays and omissions. But the Consórcio de Veículos de Imprensa group of large media companies has been collecting information from regional governments and publishing it daily since April 2020.
As vaccination gains traction in Brazil, local governments have loosened restrictions aimed at curbing the virus, and social distancing rules are often ignored in many places. The pandemic appears to have ended in some areas, such as the Saude area of Rio Janeiro, which often hosts outdoor concerts.
However, some public health experts said it was too early to relax measures to stop the spread of the virus. “Brazil should not start releasing now, removing the restriction on the use of masks, giving people a false sense of security because it’s not over yet,” said Ms Pasternak.