With more than 254,000 people infected, Brazil became the third state most affected by the coronavirus pandemic on Monday. The country, whose president Jair Bolsonaro defends containment measures, occupies the sixth place in the world in terms of deaths associated with the disease.
Brazil has occupied a sad third spot since Monday, May 18, with an official total of 254,220 people infected with coronavirus, ahead of the UK which has nearly 250,000.
The country has registered 13 140 new cases in the last 24 hours. However, researchers estimate that the actual numbers without tests can be up to 15 times higher.
In just 72 hours, Brazil surpassed France, Italy and Spain, jumping from 6th to 3rd place in terms of contamination. The United States (about 1.5 million) and Russia (290,678) occupy the first two places.
Brazil now regrets 16,792 deaths as a result of Covid-19, the world’s sixth national death. Even there, the figures are very likely below reality.
As the pandemic progresses in this country with 210 million inhabitants, the Ministry of Health is occupied by an interim, General Eduardo Pazuello, who succeeded oncologist Nelson Teich on Friday.
The latter resigned after 28 days of government President Jair Bolsonaro, who calls Covid-19 a “small flu”, defends containment measures taken by local authorities and advocates the use of the drug hydroxychloroquine against malaria, whose possible effect against coronavirus has not been shown.
The Ministry of Health recently announced that it is developing new guidelines for the treatment of infected people. “The goal is to start treatment before the disease worsens and an intensive care unit is needed,” the statement says without specifying the type of treatment.
The current protocol from the Ministry of Health addresses the consumption of chloroquine only in moderate or severe cases, despite the lack of evidence of its effectiveness and warnings from countries such as Canada and the United States about its possible serious side effects.