Brazil hits new every day COVID deaths report as disaster escalates | Coronavirus pandemic Information
More than 2,280 one-day coronavirus deaths emerge as President Jair Bolsonaro signs a bill to expedite vaccine purchases.
Brazil once again set a daily record for novel coronavirus-related deaths as the head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that almost every state across the country is seeing a surge in infections.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health said Wednesday that 2,286 people had died in the past 24 hours – up from 1,972 deaths reported the day before.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, more than 268,000 people have died since the pandemic began in Brazil – the second highest death rate in the world after the United States.
The country reported 79,876 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing its total to over 11.1 million infections.
During a press conference, PAHO director Carissa Etienne warned that “cases are on the rise in almost every Brazilian state and the country reported its second highest infection rate and deadliest day since the pandemic began last week.”
She pointed to the Amazon state, which experienced a shortage of oxygen and other supplies to treat COVID-19 patients earlier this year due to an increase in infections and hospital stays.
This state was the first to discover a more easily transmitted variant of the virus that encourages the spread of the infection.
“We are concerned about the situation in Brazil. It’s a sober reminder of the threat of resurgence: areas that were badly affected by the virus in the past are still susceptible to infection today, “said Etienne.
Brazilian far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a COVID-19 skeptic who has downplayed the virus threat and has to put restrictions on public health, has come under increasing criticism for dealing with the pandemic.
Earlier Wednesday, Bolsonaro had signed a bill to expedite vaccine purchases as the country failed to deliver many puffs due to delivery delays and inefficiencies.
“Let’s trust our government, let’s trust the Ministry of Health,” said Bolsonaro.
“This is an administration of seriousness and responsibility.”
Relatives of Luiz Alves, 63, a COVID-19 victim, embrace as they watch staff seal his final resting place in Inhauma Cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [Pilar Olivares/Reuters]Bolsonaro was harshly criticized earlier in the day by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who may run again after a Brazilian Supreme Court judge nullified his convictions for corruption earlier this week.
“Don’t obey any stupid decisions made by the President of the Republic or the Minister of Health: get vaccinated,” said Lula, who served as president between 2003 and 2011.
However, he has not confirmed whether he would run against Bolsonaro in polls next year.