Data released by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday showed that Brazil broke the previous daily record with 4195 Covid-19 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins University (Johns Hopkins University), this is the number of deaths in the world within 24 hours. The highest one. The new data brings the total number of pandemic deaths in Brazil to nearly 337,000.
In addition, according to the Ministry of Health, nearly 87,000 new Covid-19 cases have been reported nationwide, bringing the total number of infections to 13,100,580.
Bolsonaro, who has always underestimated the severity of the country’s health crisis, denied holding him responsible for the country’s rising death toll. The president has repeatedly opposed blockades and restrictions, and criticized the governor and mayor for implementing these measures with insulting language.
He told his supporters: “They call me homophobic, racist, fascist, torturer, now…what is it now? Now I am… a person who has killed a lot of people? A video posted on YouTube shows , People outside the Presidential Palace in Brasilia on Tuesday night.
Several political opponents of Bolsonaro accused him of “genocide,”
“I should not be blamed here in Brazil?” Bolsonaro asked rhetorically in the video.
Brazilian leaders seem to imply that the pandemic is an invention of the media and can be resolved by providing government subsidies to organizations.
“I can solve the virus problem in a few minutes. I only need to pay the money that the government paid to Globo and Folha in the past. [de São Paulo], The State of São Paulo,” he said, referring to the national broadcaster and the two São Paulo newspapers. “Now, this money is not for the press, but for other things.”
He took a provocative attitude towards the restrictions, saying that he disagrees with supporters of social distancing measures and mistakenly believes that the death rate is higher in states with strict restrictions.
He falsely claimed: “What is the state with the most lockdowns? São Paulo. Which country has the highest number of deaths?”
Although São Paulo has the highest absolute number of deaths, it ranks tenth in deaths per capita.
State government data shows that about one-third of the deaths reported on Tuesday were in Sao Paulo, where 1,389 people died in 24 hours, the highest number of deaths in any day in Brazil.
Although the state took more restrictive measures a month ago, including closing businesses that directly deal with the public, such as shops, restaurants and bars, the above situation still exists.
Bolsonaro also said that locking down will be counterproductive because people will be more susceptible to the virus.
He said: “I recently found some studies that show that people with healthy lifestyles are eight times less likely to suffer from Covid.” “You lock people at home…what does he do at home? I doubt them from last year to this year Did not gain any weight.”
He joked: “Even if my belly is a bit long.”
Every day records are set at a time when hospitals and intensive care units (ICU) in some cities are shutting out patients, and the entire health system of the country is on the verge of collapse. Brazil is struggling with several new variants, some of which scientists believe are more infectious. Young people seem to be sicker than they were at the beginning of the pandemic, although it is unclear what role variants might play in this trend.
As of Tuesday night, 23 of Brazil’s 27 federations reported an ICU occupancy rate of 80% or higher. Fifteen of them have closed down or are on the verge of collapse, and the ICU occupancy rate exceeds 90%. The state of Mato Grosso do Sul has been overloaded, and only four states have vacancy rates below 80%.
Brazil’s vaccine launch plan has also been plagued by delays.
Bolsonaro expressed interest in buying Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. Bolsonaro added that the lens first needs to be approved in the country.
“We are completing the communication with the other party [health] How can authorities including Anvisa effectively import this vaccine? “Bolsonaro said he was referring to Brazil’s health regulatory agency.
According to the World Health Organization’s “Epidemiology Weekly Report” on Tuesday, global Covid-19 cases have increased for the sixth consecutive week. Brazil, the United States, Turkey, France and India reported the highest number of cases.