Covid19 South America 

Brazil’s President Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 in an escalation of the health crisis that has engulfed Latin America’s largest economy. “I’m perfectly well,” Bolsonaro told CNN Brasil in a live interview, after announcing the result of his test. He added he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria medicine he’s been touting as being effective against the virus though its use hasn’t been authorized by most health experts globally and could carry dangerous side effects. The 65-year-old president, who during his campaign to reopen the economy called the virus “just…

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Court orders Bolsonaro to wear mask in public as Brazil prepares deal to produce coronavirus vaccine

A Brazilian judge ordered President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask in public, according to a court decision made public on Tuesday. The ruling came after the president attended political rallies in the capital without any face covering. Federal judge Renato Borelli said Bolsonaro is subject to a fine of 2,000 reais ($387) per day if he continues to disobey a federal district ordinance. Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Tuesday Brazil is likely to sign a contract this week to produce a trial vaccine developed by Oxford University…

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Brazil passes 1 million coronavirus cases

Brazil has confirmed more than 1 million coronavirus cases in the country, the second country to record the mammoth figure after the US. The country’s health ministry said on Friday that the total now stood at 1,032,913, an increase of 50,000 from the day before. The alarming increase was due to corrections of under-reported numbers in previous days, said the ministry. Over 1,200 deaths were recorded for the fourth day in a row, pushing the death toll to nearly 49,000. But health experts believe the actual number of cases in…

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Brazil Coronavirus Cases and Deaths: What To Know

Brazil could have the world’s highest Covid-19 death toll by July. Latin America became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in late May, largely driven by Brazil’s ballooning caseload, as the number of infections in the United States and Europe fell. In recent weeks, Brazil has reported upward of 1,000 new deaths a day from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, eclipsing the death toll in every country other than the United States. If the trend lines hold, some epidemiologists project the death toll of the epidemic in Brazil…

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Brazil COVID-19 deaths now 2nd in world, ‘This is the worst public health crisis we’ve faced’

On Saturday, Brazil’s Ministry of Health saw the total COVID-19 case count and deaths rise to 850,514 and 42,720, respectively. Brazil’s coronavirus mortality rate is 5 per cent, according to the health ministry. Brazil is second in the world in each category following only the US. In addition, health officials reported that 379,245 people have recovered. The situation in Brazil is bad and there is growing anger at the conduct of president Jair Bolsonaro over the pandemic who once downplayed the threat of the virus, saying on that death was…

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