A warning to victims of Covid-19 was carried out on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil has recorded more than 100,000 deaths related to Covid-19. This is the second largest number in the world. Experts say there is no sign that the pandemic in the country will soon subside. Initially, Covid-19 killed more than 50,000 people in Brazil in the first three months of the pandemic. That number doubled in the following 50 days. Meanwhile, there are at least three million positive cases of Covid-19 in the country. It is believed the pandemic has not yet reached its highest point, but shops and restaurants have returned to operations.
Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has downplayed the impact of the coronavirus and opposed restrictions he thinks could hit the economy. The leadership of the right-wing party, which was exposed to the coronavirus, disagrees with the social restriction policies implemented by a number of state governors. He even often has physical contact with his supporters in various outdoor events, without wearing a mask.
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Health experts complain that Bolsonaro’s government strategy is not coordinated and instead focuses on restarting economic activity. The policy is believed to increase the spread of the virus. The pandemic response team formed by Bolsonaro is led by an army general. He has no public health experience. Two previous health ministers, both doctors, resigned because they disagreed with Bolsonaro over social distancing and the use of hydroxychloroquine as treatment. Various studies say the drug is not effective in curing Covid-19 patients.
Bolsonaro, who called Covid-19 with the term “mild flu” received criticism from home and abroad. He said his recovery was thanks to anti-malarial drugs. Brazil has 100,477 coronavirus-related deaths and 3,012,412 positive cases, according to Health Ministry data. However, the numbers are believed to be much higher due to inadequate testing. Only the United States has a higher number than Brazil.
There are concerns the disease is spreading more rapidly in lower-class and remote areas, such as indigenous peoples. It is difficult for this group to access adequate health facilities. As a tribute to the victims, the non-governmental group Rio de Paz placed crosses in the sand on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana Beach. They also released 1,000 red balloons into the sky. The chairman of the Senate, Davi Alcolumbre, announced four days of mourning in parliament. President Bolsonaro has yet to comment on the policy. Earlier this week Bolsonaro said he regretted all the deaths from Covid-19, but suggested that “we must move on”.
Brazil accounts for nearly half of all coronavirus-related deaths recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean region, where more than five million cases have been confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the disease globally. Another country hard hit by the pandemic is Mexico, which has the third-highest death toll for its citizens in the world with 52,000 cases. Peru, Colombia and Chile are other Latin American countries also experiencing severe pandemics. Experts say a combination of overcrowded cities, poverty and inadequate health systems is contributing to the outbreaks in these countries.