Brazil tops 500,000 deaths from COVID-19

20 Juin, 2021, 17:38 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Third pandemic wave hits as Brazil surpasses half a million Covid deaths

The rate of occupancy of intensive care unit beds remains at or above 80 percent in most states, and experts warn the start of winter in the southern hemisphere, next week, could result in more infections.

"The pandemic now seems to have turned into a marathon runner who is keeping pace with his race. It's not a sprinter who does his sprint but then loses power".

Thousands gathered in downtown Rio de Janeiro waving flags with slogans such as "Get out Bolsonaro" and "Government of hunger and unemployment".

"We are protesting against the genocidal Bolsonaro government that did not buy vaccines and has done nothing to take care of its people in the a year ago", Aline Rabelo, 36, said, while protesting on the national mall in Brasilia, the country's capital.

"Escape the genocide Bolsonaro", exclaimed Rio demonstrators.

Graves of people who passed away due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are pictured at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil May 20, 2021.

A girl points at a mural featuring the face of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a protest against his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic along Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday.

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Randolph Rodriguez, an opposition senator and deputy chair of the investigation committee, described the consequences of this behavior as "tragic and painful": so far, only 26 percent of Brazilians have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and and respect The majority of the population over 60 years of age will not receive both doses before September.

"His position on COVID and his denial are ridiculous. I can't explain this, it's surreal", a 50-year-old photograph marching in Rio.

The same survey indicated that his left-wing rival, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, would win in a run-off vote if the 2022 elections were held today. "Solidarity with the people of Brazil".

It was all the more surprising, then, that Brazil agreed at the 11th hour to host the Copa America football tournament, seeing global stars such as Argentina's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez of Uruguay and the hosts' own Neymar arrive from their European clubs. That's a malaria drug that rigorous studies have shown to be ineffective in treating Covid-19. However, some epidemiologists saying the real death number is significantly higher - perhaps hundreds of thousands higher.

"If we had acted in a different and coordinated way, giving concrete information to the people on public health measures... none of this would have happened", she said.

He has already been hit with several fines by local authorities for holding rallies without wearing a mask.

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