Although the country now regrets the deaths of more than 500,000 people, less than 12% of the population received two doses of the vaccine.
With the speed of vaccination in many countries accelerating and the restrictions related to Covid-19 are gradually being lifted, Brazil is bucking the trend and moving towards the third wave of epidemics. On Saturday, June 19, the symbolic threshold of 500,000 deaths caused by Covid-19 was crossed. The average death toll there now exceeds 2,000 per day, an increase of 24% compared to the beginning of June, marking the return of April’s dramatic levels, the deadliest month of the pandemic, during which more than 82,000 Brazilians died According to official data, from Covid.
“Half a million died, which is more than the population of most major cities in the country!”, José Cassio de Moraes, an epidemiologist at the Catholic University of São Paulo, warned. The reality will be even bleaker, because a large proportion of Covid-19 deaths are not reported or diagnosed.
According to experts, the acceleration of this epidemic is firstly due to the spread of several variants of Covid-19 in the country, including the now infamous P1 (Gamma), which is described as more transmissible and has appeared in Malaysia. Naus area. (Amazon River), December 2020. According to the Butantin Institute (the local equivalent of the Pasteur Institute in France), this will account for nearly 90% of the pollution in the State of São Paulo. The latter also identified 19 new strains circulating in the same state.
Although handicap gestures are becoming less and less respected, the vaccination campaign that began in January is still being delayed. So far, less than 12% of the population (24 million Brazilians) have received two doses of the vaccine (mainly from CoronaVac in China). Not enough to slow down the epidemic: “The more important and out of control the spread, the greater the chance of new strains appearing”, Claudio Mejerovic, a researcher at the Osvaldo Cruz Foundation, expressed regret.
There is also growing concern that the Delta variant (known as India) will arrive in Brazil. At the end of May, 8 cases were detected in three states of the country: Maranhao (north), Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais (southeast). Its transmission is still limited, but the first cases of community transmission have been identified.
President Jal Bolsonaro, who has been designated as the main person responsible for this tragedy, believes that it is not appropriate to pay tribute to the 500,000 victims of Covid-19 in recent days. His management of the epidemic is now increasingly being questioned: on Saturday, June 19, tens of thousands of Brazilians once again took to the streets to protest his policies at the call of left-wing organizations. On May 29th, more people gathered in the parade than during the last mobilization.
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