Number of Covid-19 deaths in Brazil doubles, on average, every 26 days

The country only loses to Mexico, which has less losses of recorded lives (182 thousand), but which doubles the number of deaths every 25 days
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Brazil has doubled the number of deaths from the new coronavirus, on average, every 26 days, since the beginning of the pandemic. The country is second only to Mexico, which has less losses of recorded lives (182,000), but which doubles the number of deaths every 25 days. The data are from the Monitora Covid-19 platform, maintained by Fiocruz, and by John`s Hopkins University.

On March 17, 2020, Brazil recorded its first death by Covid-19. The next day, there were already four deaths and, 26 days after the first death, on April 12, the country had already counted 1,223 deaths caused by the new coronavirus.

The advance followed. After the same period, the country reached almost 10,000 deaths on 8 May, with 9,895 deaths.

Almost a year later, Brazil passed the 250 thousand deaths from the new coronavirus, on Wednesday (24), and the disease continues to advance. New restrictions aimed at preventing the movement of people are being announced again in an attempt to contain the collapses in health systems from the north to the south of the country.

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“This means that Brazil has never contained the disease and has been accelerating the death and case curve since November,” said Christovam Barcellos, responsible for Fiocruz Monitor Covid-19.

In Barcellos’ assessment, analyzing the average time for cases and deaths by Covid-19 to be duplicated demonstrates which places have managed, at some point, to curb the disease. However, according to him, data from Brazilian states demonstrate that the contagion curve for Covid remains very accelerated.

In all, 17 Brazilian states have doubled the number of deaths in less than 40 days since the beginning of the pandemic. “It is proof that there was never any control of the pandemic. Our curve remains very steep, it is exponential ”, he evaluated.

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Brazil needs only 20 days to double the number of people infected by the new coronavirus, which puts the country in front of the United States – on average, it takes 21 days to double the number of infected people.

The two countries and Mexico have more than doubled their death toll: 13 since March last year.

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