Brazil: 82,000 deaths from COVID-19 in April, new monthly record

Brazil recorded 2,595 new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of deaths for April to 82,266, the second monthly record since the start of the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Health.

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In March, the deadliest month, there were 66,573 deaths.

In total, the country of 212 million people regrets 403,781 deaths, making it the second largest country in the world in absolute terms after the United States (over 575,000 deaths).

And since the first case of COVID-19 appeared in February 2020, more than 14 million infections have been identified.

The infection-mortality curve, however, is stabilizing, but at a high level: the average daily mortality was 2,480 deaths in the past seven days, compared with more than 3,000 in the previous weeks.

In relative terms, Brazil has the highest death rate per capita in Latin America (192/100,000 inhabitants) and now exceeds the United Kingdom (188/100,000 inhabitants).

However, it is lower than Italy (200), Belgium (209) or Hungary (285).

Since the beginning of the year, the number of deaths has grown exponentially: on January 7, it took more than five months for the number of deaths to range from 100,000 to 200,000, and then just 77 days to reach 300,000 (March 24) and 37 for 400,000.

Experts, in particular, highlight the strong influence of the P1 variant, which is more contagious and supposedly more serious, which first hit the Amazon and then spread throughout the country.

According to the latest bulletin from the Fiocruz Foundation, which depends on the Ministry of Health, the occupancy rate of intensive care units in hospitals is improving slightly, but remains above 80% in most Brazilian states.

So far, 13% of the population (28.7 million) have received the first dose of the vaccine, and 6% (13.3 million) have received both doses.

On Friday, Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana Beach was turned into a symbolic cemetery in protest against the epidemic by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

About 400 bags of corpses were placed on the sand.

“These bags represent the Brazilians buried in mass graves. […]died without any celebration, ”Antonio Carlos Costa, head of the human rights NGO Rio de Paz, told AFP.

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