Coronavirus Updates: Brazil Death Toll Hits 20,000.

Coronavirus Updates: Brazil Death Toll Hits 20,000.

Coronavirus Updates: Brazil Death Toll Hits 20,000.
Coronavirus Updates: Brazil Death Toll Hits 20,000.

The death toll in Brazil hits 20,047 amid fears that the Latin American country could turn into the pandemic’s next focal point. Brazil has recorded 1,188 more deaths from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, raising the country’s death toll to 20,047.


Brazil becomes the world’s third worst-hit COVID-19 country. Amid the top 5 most critically struck by COVID-19, only Brazil has a climbing bend. Over the past seven days, Brazil has recorded, on average, 864 deaths per day. It has been 66 days since the first case was recorded. At the same point in the pandemic, only the U.S. had more average new daily deaths (1,812). But the U.S. has a test rate per 1 million people, which is 11 times higher than Brazil’s.


Meanwhile, the total confirmed cases in Brazil have reached 312,074, with 18,508 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours. After originating in China last December, COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has spread to at least 188 countries and regions, with Europe and the US currently the worst hit.


The pandemic has killed more than 328,000 people worldwide, with some 5 million confirmed cases and nearly 1.9 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University. The first case recorded in Brazil was on Feb 25, 2020.


Notwithstanding the troubling spread of the disease, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday upheld his calls to forsake lockdown stratagems to revive a flagging economy. But almost all of the country’s 27 states are under some sort of restrictions order, though Brazilians are wearying of the lockdowns in place since the end of March.


President Jair Bolsonaro.
President Jair Bolsonaro.


Yet with lower testing rates than all countries in the top 15 of total cases, Brazil has undergone a more active spread than most other nations. Yet, conceivably the most significant peril to Brazil’s COVID-19 response is its president, Jair Bolsonaro. Sao Paulo state, the economic and cultural capital of Brazil, is by far the most affected, with about a quarter of the country’s deaths and confirmed cases.


According to an article written by DW it was stated that President Jair Bolsonaro has declined to take the coronavirus pandemic thoughtfully, even though numerous Brazilians have already died from the virus. And the number of cases proceeds to increase exponentially.


TIME also summarized that Brazil is beginning to fail to win the battle against coronavirus and its President is looking the other way. The effect of the pandemic on the nation is very irregular. Brazil is a nation where almost every economic crisis since its restoration to democracy in 1985 has been succeeded by an obvious political shift.


Like his US counterpart Donald Trump, Bolsonaro sees hydroxychloroquine as a potential wonder drug. Brazil’s medical authority authorized the use of hydroxychloroquine which has been portrayed as the less toxic derivative of chloroquine. President Bolsonaro has since pushed for approval to use the drug in less severe cases.


As inequality collides with COVID-19 in Brazil, Brazil is most likely the next world’s epicenter of the pandemic. Whilst a large number of poor Brazilians have not been able to access a government palliative of about $100 per month to support and keep them going, on account of an absence of good internet, a lack of information about how the process works, or hiccups with the process itself.




-WINSALA Gbotemi.

Staff Writer, Eagle Global Markets.

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