According to data from Brazil’s National Civil Registry, 615,329 deaths were reported in the country between January 1 and April 30. Of these, 208,370 were linked to Covid-19, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, or 33.9% of the country’s total.
The coronavirus has exploded with vengeance against the South American giant in recent months – fueled in part by disregard for social distancing precautions and the emergence of new extra-contagious variants – and has claimed more lives in the past four months than in all in 2020. More than 78,000 people in Brazil have been killed by the virus last month alone.
While the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is loath to impose restrictions on travel or economic activity, local lockdown measures imposed by state governors and city mayors in March and April are aimed at slowing the recent resurgence of the pandemic. The daily death rate has fallen from its peak of over 4,000 in April to around 2,100.
But as local authorities reopen the economy, spurred on by Bolsonaro, Brazilian scientists are warning of a new spike in cases and deaths this summer.
When Brazil passed 400,000 Covid-19 deaths on April 29, Bolsonaro briefly commented on the situation.
Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Monday he expected to sign an agreement for 100 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine soon, and that the majority of Brazilians should be vaccinated by the end of the year. .
But for now, Brazil lags behind South American countries like Chile and Uruguay, which increasingly see their neighbor as an epidemiological threat.