(Brasilia) On Wednesday, Brazil recorded 90,303 new cases of Covid-19 virus within 24 hours, which is a record, in addition to 2,648 new deaths, which raises the daily rate during the past seven days until 2017, the highest rate since the beginning of the epidemic.
With these two new records, the total death toll in this country of 212 million is now 284,775, the second-worst death toll after the United States, and 11,693,838 people injured.
The number of deaths recorded during the past 24 hours is less than Tuesday (2841).
With more than 80% of intensive care beds occupied in 24 of the country’s 27 states, Brazil appears mired in the pandemic more than ever, with President Jair Bolsonaro changing his health minister for the third time on Monday.
On Wednesday, the new minister, Marcelo Quiroga, affirmed at a press conference that he has the “autonomy” necessary “to make adjustments” in the strategy to combat the Coronavirus.
He replaced Eduardo Pazuelo, a general without any medical experience and was much criticized for his chaotic management of the health crisis and a very slow start of the vaccination campaign.
About 9.3 million people received the first dose, or about 4.4% of the population, and 3.1 million in the second.
“We will be able to reduce the number of deaths through social distancing policies and increase the capacity of our hospitals,” the cardiologist said in statements that contradict the speech against imprisonment by President Jair Bolsonaro.
A poll published on Wednesday by the Datafolha Institute showed that 43% of Brazilians believe President Bolsonaro is “primarily responsible” for the country’s deteriorating health situation.
The situation in Brazil should be a warning. To keep the virus under control, we need constant attention from public health authorities and all leaders, said Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), on Wednesday.
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