The country accumulates 150,689 deaths and 5,103,408 cases of the disease. WHO director evaluates the drop in coronavirus numbers in Brazil as positive, but warns of possible further increase in infections.
Brazil officially registered 8,429 new confirmed cases and 201 deaths linked to covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to data released this Monday (10/10) by the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) and the Ministry of Health.
The new numbers raise the total infected to 5,103,408, while the number of deaths reaches 150,689. According to the Ministry of Health, 4,495,269 people have recovered from the disease. Conass does not disclose the number of people recovered.
On weekends and holidays, data recording by Health Departments tends to be impaired due to difficulties in collecting information.
The director of emergencies of the World Health Organization (WHO), Michael Ryan, said on Monday that the recent numbers of covid-19 in Brazil show a stabilization and fall in cases of the disease, but warned that this trend occurs from very high numbers.
“To say that the disease is falling in Brazil is positive,” he said. Ryan, however, noted that “there must be a high level of distrust as the numbers drop to ensure areas are detected where they may be increasing.”
“No country is out of danger yet,” he warned. He said that Brazil is a country of continental proportions and that the authorities need to be aware. “As we have all learned hard in recent months, the fact that the disease is on the decline does not mean that it will not get worse again. We need to remain vigilant,” he warned.
Several Brazilian health authorities and institutions warn that the real numbers of cases and deaths must be even higher than those officially registered, due to the lack of large-scale testing and underreporting.
São Paulo is the Brazilian state most affected by the epidemic, with 1,038,344 cases and 37,279 deaths. The total number of infected people in São Paulo exceeds those registered in practically all countries in the world, except the United States, India and Russia.
Bahia is the second Brazilian state with the highest number of cases, totaling 326,634, followed by Minas Gerais (323,967), Rio de Janeiro (283,858), Ceará (260,222) and Pará (237,958).
In terms of number of deaths, Rio is the second state with the most victims, totaling 19,312 deaths. Then came Ceará (9,135), Pernambuco (8,414), Minas Gerais (8,130), Bahia (7,159) and Pará (6,656).
The mortality rate per group of 100 thousand inhabitants in Brazil is 71.7, one of the highest in the world – it is only below the rates registered in Peru (104.11), Belgium (89.22) and Bolivia (73, 18), not taking into account the small country San Marino (124,32).
The Brazilian figure is much higher than that recorded in neighboring countries such as Argentina (53.64) and Uruguay (1.45), and also exceeds that of the USA (65.64), the nation most affected by the pandemic on the planet, and the the United Kingdom (64.54), the European country with the highest number of deaths.
In absolute numbers, Brazil is the third country in the world with the most infections, behind only the United States, which add up to 7.7 million cases, and India, with 6.9 million. But it is the second in number of deaths, after the USA, where more than 214 thousand people died.
Altogether, more than 37.6 million people contracted the coronavirus worldwide, while more than 1 million died from the disease, according to a count maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
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