Brazil is on track to lead the world in coronavirus cases and deaths, and it still doesn't have a plan for tackling the outbreak
Gravediggers bury the coffin of a person who died of COVID-19 on May 22 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli
The University of Washington estimates that Brazil could outperform the United States in coronavirus cases and deaths by the end of July.
According to Reuters, the country had a daily record of 34,918 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
Despite the growing number of cases, the country has not drawn up a plan to combat the outbreak.
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Brazil could outperform the United States in both coronavirus infections and deaths by the end of July, according to the University of Washington's main coronavirus tracking model.
The country, which has not yet nationally blocked the corona virus, is on the way to registering more than 4,000 deaths a day, the Washington Post said, citing the university.
As of Tuesday, Brazil had more than 923,000 coronavirus infections and more than 45,000 deaths. Experts told Reuters that the actual number of cases is most likely higher.
As the Post noted, the country does not have the same infrastructure to deal with a big breakout as the United States. But that didn't stop President Jair Bolsonaro from largely rejecting the crisis caused by the novel corona virus.
In fact, he even attacked governors who imposed restrictions and threatened to host big barbecues despite public health advice, the Post reported.
Brazil has not launched a national test campaign, has not implemented a national ban, and is addressing inadequate healthcare expansion. Reuters reported that this country had 34,918 new daily coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
In a report in early May, Carlos Machado, a senior scientist at the Brazilian Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, and his team warned that without a ban in Rio de Janeiro, the result would be "an unimaginable human disaster".
He now says if his warnings had been taken seriously the result would not have been so bleak.
"From a public health perspective, it is incomprehensible that stricter measures have not been taken," Machado told Post. "We could have avoided many of the deaths and cases and everything else that happens in Rio de Janeiro. It was a missed opportunity."
Scientists from the country informed the post office that the country was breaking new ground.
"We are doing something that nobody else has done," Pedro Hallal, epidemiologist at Pelotas Federal University, told Post. "We are approaching the peak of the curve and it's like we're almost challenging the virus. 'See how many people can infect you. We want to see how strong you are.' So this is a poker game and we are all there. "
Bolsonaro's approach was to ignore the problem and get health professionals out of the way
President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia on May 13th.
REUTERS / Adriano Machado
Reuters reported that senior officials who led the Brazilian coronavirus response claimed the outbreak was under control.
"There is a crisis, we sympathize with the bereaved, but it will be dealt with," said Braga Netto, who spoke during a webinar at the Rio de Janeiro Trade Association.
World Health Organization regional director Carissa Etienne said Brazil is a big problem, Reuters reported.
"We do not see a slowdown in transmission," said Etienne in Brazil.
Etienne said the country accounted for approximately 4 million coronavirus cases in America and approximately 25% of deaths.
The post described Bolsonaro's approach of ignoring health professionals and getting them out of the way. The Brazilian president fired Luiz Henrique Mandetta, his first health minister, after disagreements over social distancing, and then fired his successor, Nelson Teich, for not agreeing to using chloroquine to treat coronaviruses.
Similar to US President Donald Trump, Bolsonaro has increased the use of hydroxychloroquine in the past. On Monday, the United States Food and Drug Administration revoked the malaria drug approval for emergency use.
An expert said that even the Brazilian public failed to heed the public health recommendations to limit the spread of the virus and continued to gather without taking security measures.
"It was a failure," Ligia Bahia, professor of public health at Rio de Janeiro's federal university, told Post. "We did not have enough political power to push through a different path. We alone could not do the research. There is a feeling of deep sadness that this has not been realized."
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