Scientists predict that the brutal COVID-19 death toll in Brazil will soon surpass the worst wave on record in the United States in January. The death toll in the outbreak on Tuesday exceeded 4,000 for the first time because the epidemic overwhelmed hospitals.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, Brazil’s overall death toll is second only to the US epidemic, causing nearly 337,000 deaths, while in the US there are 555,000 deaths.
The two experts told Reuters that because Brazil’s medical system is at a breaking point, although the country’s population accounts for two-thirds of the United States, the country may still exceed the total number of deaths in the United States.
“This is a nuclear reactor that has caused a chain reaction and has gone out of control. This is a biological Fukushima disease.”
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported 4195 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, much higher than the country’s previous single-day record. Since late February, Brazil has set daily death records every week, as more contagious local variants and insignificant social evacuation efforts have contributed to an uncontrolled outbreak of the epidemic.
According to Reuters analysis, with mass vaccination reducing outbreaks in the United States, Brazil has become the epicenter of the pandemic, causing a quarter of deaths worldwide every day.
President Jair Bolsonaro opposed wearing masks and locking devices, which public health experts believe is the best way to reduce the spread of the virus.
Last year, the country’s fight to buy vaccines worldwide delayed the pace and slowed the start of the national immunization program.
Despite the recent surge, Brazilian officials insist that Brazil can return to its usual state as soon as possible.
“We think that from now Brazil may resume business in two or three months,” Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said at an online event on Tuesday. “Of course, economic activity may decline, but it will be much less and much shorter than the decline we suffered last year.”
In response to the growing political pressure, Bolsonaro took drastic action and carried out drastic reforms to six ministries, putting the loyalists ahead of the next year’s difficult struggle against his political enemies in key positions. Re-election campaign.