Covid19 South America 

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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Covid19 South America 

Coronavirus: Hospitals in Brazil’s largest city near collapse amid huge spike in cases, mayor says

The healthcare system in Brazil’s largest city is on the verge of collapse due to coronavirus, its mayor has said. Bruno Covas, mayor of Sao Paulo, said public hospitals in the city of 12 million people had already reached 90 per cent capacity, and could run out of space within two weeks. “It is hard to believe that some prefer the population to be subjected to Russian roulette. Indifference in the face of death is unseemly,” he said of those flouting social distancing measures, which includes the country’s far-right president,…

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Covid19 South America 

Brazil cuts growth, sees coronavirus quickly ravaging health system – Reuters

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil began to process the accelerating horrors of the spread of the new coronavirus on Friday, slashing economic growth outlooks, warning of a healthcare collapse and announcing new measures to fight a crisis that has also taken a toll on President Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity. A general view of an empty street during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in downtown Brasilia, Brazil, March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado The senate on Friday signed off on a state of emergency that will permit the government to waive fiscal targets…

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