Rio de Janeiro-According to an investigation conducted by the local health department by the press consortium, the daily death toll from Covid-19 in Brazil reached a record 1,582 on Thursday. Although there is convincing scientific evidence that they are effective in preventing infections, it was a painful milestone when President Jair Bolsonaro clung to the mask.
The rise in coronavirus infections in several Brazilian states, officials say, is driven by more contagious variants that have overwhelmed hospitals across the country.
Epidemiologists and health officials warned that the crisis will intensify in the coming weeks, and Mr. Bolsonaro targeted the masks in his weekly speech on Facebook on Thursday. President Bush quoted an unspecified German study report that masks are not good for children. Wearing masks may cause headaches, inattention and “a decrease in happiness.”
Mr. Bolsonaro has been criticized at home and abroad for his response to the coronavirus pandemic. He questioned the use of quarantine measures, social isolation and suspicion of vaccines, and said he did not plan to get injections.
Although the number of new cases and deaths in many other pandemic-affected countries (including the United States) is declining, Brazil is still in the second wave, which started in November and shows no signs of abating.
The country started vaccinating medical professionals and the elderly last month, but as the government has been struggling to obtain sufficient doses to quickly vaccinate its 212 million citizens, the campaign has a slow start.
This week, Covid died in Brazil with more than 250,000 deaths, second only to the US with more than 500,000 deaths. Brazil’s Minister of Health Eduardo Pazuello said on Thursday that the country has entered a “new phase of a pandemic” and its variant is contagious. He said this variant is three times more contagious than the earlier virus. . He said: “This is the reality of our lives in Brazil today.”