Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths

Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 deaths
Infections and deaths of Brazil show a continuing climb. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Brazil has become the second country, after the US, to confirm more than 50,000 deaths from Covid-19.

It comes as political tensions in the country os growing and just days after the country confirmed more than one million coronavirus infections.

Graphs of Brazil’s infections and deaths show a continuing climb.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also recorded the biggest one-day increase in cases globally, with most of the new infections in the Americas.

The decision of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro to focus on the economy and to oppose lockdowns and has been hugely divisive.

Two health ministers have left their posts as deaths and infections have surged. Both of the ministers were doctors. The first was sacked by Mr Bolsonaro, the second resigned after disagreeing with the president.

What are the figures for and Latin America?

Brazil’s health ministry announced on Sunday that 641 more deaths had been registered in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 50,617. Over the same period, it also registered more than 17,000 new infections.

Only the US has fared worse overall, with nearly 120,000 deaths and 2.2 million cases.

Recently, Brazil been recording about 1,000 deaths a day, although figures at weekends tend to be lower. Many experts believe the lack of testing nationally which suggests the overall figures could be considerably higher. Some experts say the testing level is 20 times less than needed.

The northern states of Ceará, Amazonas and Pará have seen more than 12,000 deaths in total, but it is Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo that have seen the biggest spikes, now standing at 12,500 and 8,800 fatalities respectively.

According to WHO, of the 183,000 new cases reported globally in 24 hours, more than 60% were from South and North America.

Peru, Mexico and Chile have been particularly badly hit, aside from the US, and on Sunday Argentina passed 1,000 deaths.

Latin America and the Caribbean now have more than two million infections.

How have protests in Brazil developed?

Thousands of supporters and opponents of Mr Bolsonaro took to the streets in rival demonstrations on Sunday, despite the threat of the virus.

Police in the capital, Brasilia, kept rival groups apart as they marched outside Congress and the Supreme Court buildings.

“[We are here] in defence of democracy and asking for Bolsonaro to leave. This president who usurped the people’s power and today is committing atrocities. He does not deserve to govern our country,” one anti-Bolsonaro protester there, Nilva Aparecida, told AFP.