Rio de Janeiro, Reuters, April 6 (Reuters)-Scientists predict that the surge in COVID-19 deaths in Brazil will soon surpass the worst wave recorded in January in the United States, and the average daily death toll will climb to more than 3,000. Hospitals overwhelmed by infectious new variants.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, Brazil’s overall death toll is second only to the US epidemic, causing nearly 333,000 deaths, while in the US there are more than 555,000 deaths.
Two experts told Reuters that although Brazil’s healthcare system is at a breaking point, although its population accounts for two-thirds of the total population, the country’s death toll is likely to exceed that of the United States.
Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, said: “This is a nuclear reactor that causes a chain reaction and is out of control. It is a biological Fukushima.”
Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro opposed the masks and locking devices deemed necessary by public health experts. Last year, the country’s fight to buy vaccines worldwide delayed the pace and slowed the start of the national immunization program.
With weak measures unable to fight infection, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Brazil is faster than ever. On the other hand, the widespread vaccination campaign in the United States is rapidly reducing the world’s deadliest epidemic.
Nicolelis and Christovam Barcellos, a researcher at the Brazilian medical research institute Fiocruz, respectively predicted that Brazil’s overall death toll and daily average death toll record can surpass that of the United States.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington predicts that Brazil may break the United States’ record seven-day average death toll next week. The average daily death toll in the United States reached a peak of 3,285 in January.
IHME’s forecast will not extend beyond July 1, when it predicted that Brazil’s death toll could reach 563,000, while the US’s death toll was estimated at 609,000. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca, editing by Jake Spring, reporting by Brad Haynes and Jonathan Oatis) )
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