Brazil has overtaken Italy as the country with the third-highest COVID-19 deaths in the world.
The country on Thursday had its worst day of the outbreak after losing 1,492 people to the novel coronavirus disease.
Behind only the US and Uk in deaths
The new deaths brought the total number of people dead in the country to 34,021, third only to the United States and the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, Brazil reported an increase of 30,925 new infections of the coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in the country to 614,941. The infection is the second highest in the world, behind only the US’s 1.8 million confirmed cases.
Through the grim updates, Senior health Ministry official, Eduardo Macario, admitted that the country was finding it hard to determine the extent of the contagion.
Irresponsible and reckless
President Jair Bolsonaro has not made the situation in Brazil any better. He has repeatedly dismissed the extent of the virus in the country.
Bolsonaro squandered all chances to help his country fight off the virus before it took hold in Brazil. He argued and lost two top health experts. To make matters worse, he has repeatedly dismissed the deaths of people due to COVID-19.
“So what?” He once told a journalist when they asked him about COVID deaths in his country.
He has also been showing up in protests against quarantine.
Latin America has emerged as a new epicentre of the virus, according to WHO. The region is now responsible for the rapid growth of infections from the contagion.
And things in Brazil are not made better after reports of new Zika infections emerged. In three months, the country’s Ministry of Health identified 579 new suspected cases, from December 2019 to February 2020.
COVID-19 infections in the world have risen to over 6.7 million. Over three million more people have recovered while a further 380,000 people have died.
The number of infections is rising, with yesterday being the ninth day that infections were topping 100,000.