Brazil is the first to bear the brunt of Covid-19 cases. The number is shocking. In one day on Tuesday, the death toll exceeded 4,000 and the hospital even reached a tipping point.
As the United States vigorously vaccinates and the public debate about reopening the economy with a possible “vaccine passport” continues, Brazil’s plight is a reminder that most of the rest of the world is still under pandemic control.
Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, told Reuters: “This is a nuclear reactor that initiates a nuclear reaction, and it is out of control. It is a biological Fukushima.”
According to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, the overall death toll in Brazil is 337,000, second only to 562,000 in the United States.
According to health experts, the country is struggling with highly contagious local variants due to weak social distancing efforts and a shortage of hospital beds across the country. Many people blame the right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly denied the benefits of wearing masks and questioned the efficacy of vaccines, which runs counter to global health advice.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Brazil has also experienced four ministers of health, delaying planning work, and some Brazilians have travelled to Uruguay and other countries for vaccinations. Authorities in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, emptied old tombs to make room for more deaths.
Despite the recent surge, Brazilian officials insist that Brazil can return to its usual state as soon as possible.
Minister of Economy Paulo Guedes said at an online event on Tuesday: “We think that from now on, Brazil may resume business in two or three months.” At the same time, leading economists wrote in an open letter. Urging the government to speed up vaccination and prepare for an emergency lockdown is contrary to Bolsonaro’s assertion that the so-called shutdown may cause too many economic difficulties.
The surge in deaths worldwide is a grim reminder that despite the successful implementation of vaccination in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries/regions, the global pandemic cannot be suppressed while the virus continues to exist and mutate.
The World Health Organization said in a statement last week: “No government or multilateral agency can deal with this threat alone.” “The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark and painful reminder that before everyone is safe , No one can be safe.”
Rowland Kao, a professor of veterinary epidemiology and data science at the University of Edinburgh, said that although vaccines and social restrictions are working, “on a global scale, we are definitely not the most important.”
He told NBC News: “The worst thing is to get a large number of vaccines at the same time as a large number of unvaccinated people.” He said that this situation increases the spread and spread of “vaccine-evading” variants, and at the same time endangers them. Global travel and trade.
Gao Wang said that this will require countries to adopt a “balance bill” so that they can take action again. He added: “This will be a game, can you keep it long enough to develop variant boosters.” “It only needs one person to cross the border.”
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Elsewhere, the pandemic continues to grow.
India reported a record 115,736 new cases on Wednesday, a 13-fold increase in just two months, which is why the government is under increasing pressure to expand its vaccination campaign.
With the advent of the second wave, the federal government has asked the states to decide to contain the spread of the virus in order to control the spread of the virus, but after the last disaster in 2020 destroyed its economy, it has so far refused to implement it. Any country’s blockade measures.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted: “The pandemic is not over, there is no room for complacency,” and he urged people to “take turns vaccinating and strictly follow Covid’s appropriate behavior!”
In other parts of Asia, due to increased infections in kindergartens, saunas, bars and churches (mainly in Greater Seoul), South Korea reported its highest number of new cases in a single day in three months on Wednesday. The South Korean Agency for Disease Control and Prevention reported 668 new cases on Tuesday, the highest level since January 8.
In Japan, the Olympics will begin in just 100 days, and the western area of Osaka cancelled the scheduled Olympic torch event on Wednesday and declared a medical emergency, which caused a sharp increase in the number of cases.
The governor of Osaka, Hirofumi Yoshimura, said in a televised speech: “It is almost certain that this mutant strain is highly infectious and spreads at a high rate.” “The medical system is in a very tense state.”
Shinta Yamamoto Contributed.