Brazil surpasses 2 million coronavirus cases — official

Published July 17, 2020, 10:59 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Brazil topped two million coronavirus cases on Thursday, according to official data that put the number of deaths at more than 76,000.

A 77-year-old COVID-19 positive patient arrives in an ambulance to be transferred by helicopter from the municipality of Monte Alegre to the municipality of Santarem in the Brazilian state of Para, on July 15, 2020 to receive treatment amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by TARSO SARRAF / AFP)
A 77-year-old COVID-19 positive patient arrives in an ambulance to be transferred by helicopter from the municipality of Monte Alegre to the municipality of Santarem in the Brazilian state of Para, on July 15, 2020 to receive treatment amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by TARSO SARRAF / AFP)

Figures published by the health ministry showed there were more than 45,000 new cases over the last 24 hours, and an extra 1,300 deaths.

Brazil is the second worst affected country in the world by the coronavirus after the United States.

And these figures are considered largely under-reported by many in the scientific community who point to a lack of testing.

Over the last two months, Brazil has recorded more than 30,000 new cases in 24 hours 26 times, and on 11 of those occasions there were more than 40,000 infections.

“Two million is a symbolic number because we don’t have wide scale testing,” infectious disease expert from the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo, Jean Gorinchteyn told AFP.

“There are probably four or five times more. The most pessimistic projections signal up to 10 times more.”

The average number of daily deaths has been over 1,000 for almost a month.

 
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