Brazil hits 2 million coronavirus cases and more than 76,000 dead

They surrounded the mayor’s car as he left City Hall, punching his windows and cursing at him. breaks record for new virus cases with 77,000 in one day

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Brazil’s roughly 7,000 COVID-19 deaths in each of the last seven weeks is equal to several airplanes packed with Brazilians crashing every day, former health minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta told The Associated Press. At one of the capital’s cemeteries on Wednesday, Michelle Caverni buried her 88-year-old aunt, who died of COVID-19 and also suffered from pulmonary emphysema. GOP congressman says China should be “held accountable” for COVID-19

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U.S. “Until it knocks at your door, people are indifferent,” said Caverni, 40, a restaurant cook. People are saying that’s just the media. “People have become callous,” Mandetta said. On Wednesday, the city extended restrictions until July 30. Bolsonaro has consistently downplayed COVID-19′s severity, saying strict social distancing measures that sacrifice jobs and income will ultimately be more harmful than the virus itself, and calling on supporters to encourage their local leaders to lift restrictions on activity. Brazil surpasses 2 million coronavirus cases, with more than 76,000 dead

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Brazil’s president tests positive for COVID-1… “When you say, ‘Yesterday there were 1,300 deaths,’ people say, ‘OK, then it didn’t go up. And, looking at deaths from severe respiratory insufficiency, it appears Brazil as a whole has begun turning the corner, he said. A model created by professors from several Brazilian academic institutions, based on the number of confirmed deaths, estimates Brazil has had 10 million infections. On Thursday evening, the federal health ministry reported that the country had passed 2 million confirmed cases of virus infections and 76,000 deaths. WHO: South America is the new virus epicenter… The forecast has a wide margin of error. It was 1,300 people the day before, too.'”

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Brazil’s case count is second only to the U.S., and experts believe the number to be an under count due to widespread lack of testing. “Yesterday there were 1,300 deaths from COVID-19. I hear that every day at work.”

Modeling by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects that Brazil’s death toll will reach almost 200,000 by November, nearly closing the gap with that of the U.S. In Ribeirao Preto, a city in Sao Paulo state, protesting shopkeepers on Wednesday demanded they be allowed to reopen. An aerial view of an open grave at the Caju cemetery amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 16, 2020, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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“Campinas reopened prematurely and erroneously, supported by the state government,” Siqueira, who is also a public health physician, said at the time. Daniel Soranz, a researcher at state-run biology institute Fiocruz’s national health school, said Brazil’s center-west that includes the agricultural heartland will be the last region slammed by the virus. 01:42

First published on July 16, 2020 / 8:54 PM The number of deaths has been ebbing in states including Rio de Janeiro and Amazonas, where people were buried in mass graves in the capital, Manaus. 00:26

Since late May, three months after Brazil’s first reported case of the coronavirus, it has recorded more than 1,000 daily deaths on average — a gruesome plateau that has yet to tilt downward. Campinas, a city of 1.2 million people closer to the state’s capital, adopted quarantine measures early, but succumbed to political pressure and reopened commerce on June 8, said Pedro de Siqueira, a Campinas city councilman. In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state with 46 million residents, the number of deaths has stabilized at a level slightly below its peak. Intensive-care beds refilled with patients, prompting the mayor to reinstate restrictions on commerce on June 22, although he allowed offices and churches to continue operating. Many mayors and governors have struggled to hold the line. Two weeks later, the number of COVID-19 deaths had roughly tripled to 253, as did the number of confirmed cases, to 6,324. Is that supposed to be few? Coronavirus: The Race To Respond

Could cannabis be a possible treatment for COVID-19? An interim health minister untrained in the field is presiding over the pandemic response, and Bolsonaro himself is sick with COVID-19 after repeatedly flouting social distance recommendations and undermining local leaders’ restrictions on activity. In the last two weeks, 10 of Brazil’s 26 states and its Federal District saw increases, with two southern states’ average daily death tolls doubling. “This reopening was so catastrophic that Campinas had to step back, but did so only partially.” Since then, Campinas’ number of cases and deaths has doubled once more. The city center swarmed with shoppers like an overturned anthill, he said in an interview. Experts blame denial of the virus’ deadly potential by President Jair Bolsonaro and lack of national coordination combined with scattershot responses by city and state governments, with some reopening earlier than health experts recommended. “By the end of August, we should be at a much better place than today,” Soranz said.