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Brazil climbs to second in COVID-19 cases worldwide

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Brazil registered a record number of new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with 20,803 cases reported, and exceeded 1,000 deaths in one day for the third time, the government said on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 330,890, while deaths in the country rose to 21,048 with a daily increase of 1,001, which put the fatality rate at 6.4 percent.

On Thursday, Brazil established another record by registering 1,188 deaths in one day.

With the new daily increase, Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, overtook Russia Friday to become the country with the second largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, just behind the United States.

According to the government, 135,430 people have recovered from the disease so far.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, has been the most heavily affected by the virus, with 5,773 deaths and 76,871 confirmed cases, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 3,657 deaths and 33,589 cases, and Ceara, with 2,251 deaths and 34,573 cases.

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Brazil marks more than half a million virus infections

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Rio de Janeiro Jun 1, 2020  Number of cases of coronavirus in Brazil has surpassed half a million, the country’s Health Ministry said.

The country had recorded 514,849 cases of infection with the virus, the latest official figures showed.

After the United States’ nearly 1.8 million cases, Brazil is the country with the highest number of officially recorded infections worldwide.

Brazil is the biggest nation in Latin America and is carrying out relatively low levels of testing meaning the real figure is likely significantly higher.

There have been at least 29,314 virus-related deaths so far in the country.

Brazil’s death toll is in fourth place globally, behind the United States, Britain and Italy, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

In many cities in Brazil, hospitals have reached capacity.

Authorities have set up makeshift clinics in football stadiums.

Meanwhile, a dispute between President Jair Bolsonaro, several governors and congress has paralysed the country.

Right-wing populist leader Bolsonaro sees the COVID-19 lung disease as a “mild flu” and has rejected protective measures.

But many state leaders have put in place their own restrictions on movement and public life to stem the spread of the virus.

On Sunday, there were clashes between Bolsonaro supporters, anti-government protesters and the Police in several Brazilian cities.

Meanwhile, the United States announced it would send Brazil 1,000 ventilators and two million doses of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that President Donald Trump and Bolsonaro have both touted without scientific backing.

The United States said hydroxychloroquine will be used to prevent infection among Brazil’s nurses, despite Trump’s own drug regulator, saying it should only be used for certain hospitalised patients and in trial settings.

“It will also be used as a therapeutic to treat Brazilians who become infected,’’ the White House said in a Sunday statement.

Meanwhile, Washington announced a joint research effort with Brazil to “evaluate the safety and efficacy’’ of the drug for preventative and treatment uses.

“The two countries are well-positioned to continue their work together to address the coronavirus pandemic, in addition to other matters of strategic importance,’’ the White House said.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

 
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United States sends Brazil 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine despite risks

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The United States has delivered 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil, the two governments announced on Sunday, days after the World Health Organization (WHO) halted the anti-malaria drug’s clinical trials over safety concerns.

The United States will also soon be sending 1,000 ventilators to Brazil,” added a joint statement released by the White House.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said recently that a clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients came to “a temporary pause” while the safety data is reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board.

The medical journal The Lancet has published an observational study on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, in which the authors of the study reported that among patients receiving either of the drugs, when used alone or with a macrolide, they estimated a higher mortality rate.

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Brazil’s COVID-19 cases top 500,000, death toll nears 30,000

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Brazil on Sunday said its nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 514,84 after 16,409 people tested positive in the past 24 hours, while the death toll neared 30,000.

The death toll rose to 29,314 after 480 deaths had been reported since Saturday, while another 4,208 deaths are still being investigated for any linkage with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said.

The number of recoveries from COVID-19 totalled 206,555, the ministry added.

Southeast Sao Paulo state continues to be the epicenter of the national outbreak, with 7,615 deaths and 109,698 infections, followed by Rio de Janeiro with 5,344 deaths and 53,388 infections.

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1st LD Writethru: 5.3-magnitude quake hits 1210 km N of Acarau, Brazil — USGS

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 jolted 1210 km N of Acarau, Brazil at 00:32:02 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 8.0146 degrees north latitude and 39.1595 degrees west longitude.

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Brazil now has more coronavirus deaths than Spain

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Brazil has now suffered more deaths from the novel coronavirus than Spain, according to new statistics released by Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.

The Health Ministry said the total number of people who have died of the new coronavirus in Brazil has risen to 27,787.

The total number of confirmed infections rose to 465,166, the second-highest tally globally, behind the U.S.

The number of undetected cases and deaths is likely to be much higher due to a lack of testing and a lag in processing laboratory results.

Brazil’s right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro considers COVID-19, the lung disease caused by the coronavirus, to be a “mild flu” and refuses to take protective measures.

He fears that a lockdown could harm the country’s economy.

However, a number of states have imposed exit restrictions and shutdowns to slow the spread of the virus.

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Brazil registers world’s fifth highest death toll from COVID-19

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Brazil has the fifth highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, after registering over 1,000 deaths in 24 hours and raising the total to 27,878, the government said on Friday.

According to the country’s Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours, 1,124 deaths were reported, leading Brazil to surpass Spain as the country with the fifth highest number of fatalities, behind the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and France.

In the last 24 hours, Brazil reached a record milestone for 26,928 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide total to 465,166.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, has been the most heavily affected region, with 7,275 deaths and 101,556 cases, followed by Rio de Janeiro, and Ceara.

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Daily life amid epidemic in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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A worker serves hand sanitizer to a customer at the entrance of a grocery in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

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Brazilian Economy Ministry predicts greater GDP decline in second quarter

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Brazil’s gross domestic product (GDP) will show a greater decline in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Brazilian Economy Ministry stated on Friday.

“The harmful effects on the health of the Brazilian population and our economy still persist. Therefore, the economic result of the activity will, in the second quarter, be even worse,” the ministry said in a statement, predicting an increase in unemployment, bankruptcy, and poverty in the country.

Economic activity in the country fell 1.5 percent in the first quarter of the year compared to the previous three months, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics reported on Friday.

The ministry said that the government has adopted measures to cushion the country from the initial shock as well as the lasting effects of the crisis, but that prolonging the period of isolation could worsen the crisis and compromise the speed of economic recovery.

The ministry proposed a series of measures to mitigate the economic effects of the crisis, such as supporting structural reforms, modifying bankruptcy legislation and opening trade, among others.

The Brazilian government has said that, in the face of the economic impact of the pandemic, it intends to promote privatizations, concessions, and fiscal reforms.

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Brazil sets new record for daily COVID-19 infections

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Brazil registered 26,417 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day surge so far, raising the tally to 438,238, authorities said Thursday.

A total of 1,156 infected patients died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 26,754, according to the country’s health ministry.

Brazil has seen daily coronavirus deaths of over 1,000 for three consecutive days, it added.

Since the pandemic hit the country, 177,604 patients have recovered.

Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the virus in Brazil and the country’s most populous state, has registered 6,980 deaths and 95,865 cases, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 4,856 deaths and 44,886 cases.

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