Brazil passes 50,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak worsens

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil, the world’s No. 2 coronavirus scorching spot after the USA, formally handed 50,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, a blow for a rustic already grappling with greater than 1 million circumstances, rising political instability and a crippled economic system.

Brazil now has a complete of 1,085,038 confirmed circumstances and 50,617 deaths, up from 49,976 on Saturday, the Well being Ministry mentioned. Specialists say the true numbers are lots greater due to a scarcity of widespread testing. Latin America’s largest nation has sometimes recorded greater than 1,000 deaths a day, however normally registers fewer on the weekends.

Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Feb. 26 and handed 1 million circumstances on Friday. Since first arriving within the nation, the virus’ fast unfold has eroded assist for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and has raised fears of financial collapse after years of anemic progress.

Bolsonaro, generally known as the “Tropical Trump,” has been extensively criticized for his dealing with of the disaster. The nation nonetheless has no everlasting well being minister after shedding two since April, following clashes with the president.

Bolsonaro has shunned social distancing, calling it a job-killing measure extra harmful than the virus itself. He has additionally promoted two anti-malarial medicine as cures, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, regardless of little proof they work.

On Sunday, Bolsonaro mentioned the navy serves the need of the folks and its mission is to defend democracy, including gasoline to a raging debate in regards to the armed forces’ function amid rumbling fears of political fragility.

His feedback got here on the identical day his supporters and detractors gathered in cities throughout the nation, in a stark image of the polarization in Latin America’s largest nation.

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