According to data from the National Civil Register of Brazil, 615,329 deaths were reported in the country between January 1 and April 30. Of these, 208,370 are Covid-19-related, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Health – 33.9% of the nation’s total.
In recent months, the coronavirus has risen in revenge on the South American giant – fueled in part by neglecting social distancing precautions and the emergence of highly contagious new options – and has claimed more lives in the past four months than in 2020. Brazil was killed by the virus only last month.
While the government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not want to impose restrictions on movement or economic activity, local blockades imposed by district governors and city mayors in March and April are working to slow the recent resurgence of the pandemic. Daily mortality has dropped from its peak of more than 4,000 in April to about 2,100.
But while local authorities are opening the economy at Bolsonaro’s urging, Brazilian scientists are warning of a new influx of cases and deaths this summer.
When Brazil exceeded 400,000 Covid-19 deaths on April 29, Bolsonaro briefly commented on the situation.
Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga said on Monday that he expects to sign a deal for 100 million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines soon and that most Brazilians should be immunized by the end of the year.
But for now, Brazil continues to lag behind other South American countries such as Chile and Uruguay, which are increasingly perceiving their neighbors as an epidemiological threat.