São Paulo (Associated Press)-Brazil reported on Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 deaths in 24 months exceeded 4,000 for the first time.
Despite the collapse of overcrowded hospitals and medical systems in some parts of the country, many governors, mayors and judges are still reopening parts of the economy.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health stated that 4195 people have died in the past 24 hours, and the country’s pandemic is rapidly approaching 340,000, the second highest in the world. Only the United States and Peru have more than 4,000 deaths per day.
Brazil’s most populous state of São Paulo has 46 million inhabitants, and the latest number of deaths is close to 1
Local authorities across the country argued that after a week of partial work stoppages, the number of cases and hospitalizations showed a downward trend.
Miguel Lago, executive director of the Brazilian Institute of Health Policy who advises public health officials, said that the reopening was a mistake and he was worried that it would bring a higher number of deaths, although he thought it was unlikely Reverse.
Lago told the Associated Press: “The fact is that President Jair Bolsonaro’s anti-lock-in remarks won.” “Mayors and governors are politically prohibited from strengthening social distancing policies because they know the president. Supporters, including business leaders, will undermine this policy. “
Bolsonaro, who has long downplayed the risk of coronavirus, is still completely opposed to the blockade because it will harm the economy.
In most Brazilian states, COVID-19 patients use more than 90% of beds in intensive care units, although the number has been stable since last week. Despite this, hundreds of people are still dying while waiting for care, and basic supplies such as oxygen and tranquilizers have been exhausted in several states.
The online research website “Our World Data” shows that less than 3% of the 210 million people in Brazil have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
Last weekend, judges of Brazil’s Supreme Court launched a tug of war on the reopening of religious buildings. Although the federal government decided to mark them as part of basic services, many local authorities closed them.
Some churches welcome their believers on Easter Sunday, but others are blocked by mayors and governors. Their reopening will be resolved in the High Court on Wednesday, but some local councils, such as Belo Horizonte, voted to keep religious buildings open on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, a judge in Rio de Janeiro allowed the school to reopen at the request of Mayor Eduardo Pace. A few hours later, the mayors of Campinas and Sorocaba, the two most populous cities in the state of São Paulo, agreed to reopen the business through a straight-through purchase system after 10 days of suspension.
Professional football executives in Sao Paulo said they hope to start the game this week after a 15-day break and promised that local prosecutors will comply with stricter health regulations.