Brazil passes grim milestone of 600,000 Covid-19 deaths, second only to US

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South American nation, which holds half of the continent’s population, There have been 600,425 coronavirus deaths so far. It is the second country to cross the 600,000 mark after the US, which has recorded 712,695 deaths.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been heavily criticized for his handling of the pandemic. The conservative populist leader has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the outbreak, declared he would not be vaccinated because he already had Covid-19, and championed the unproven malaria drug. Hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.

Over the past year, Bolsonaro has repeatedly raged against municipal and state-level lockdown orders in Brazil, even during the most dire moments of the pandemic, when hospitals were filled to capacity and entire cities There was a lack of oxygen.

Earlier this month, thousands of protesters Amid the deteriorating economic situation, rising unemployment and hunger in the country affected by Kovid, people gathered in major cities of Brazil calling for the impeachment of the President.
Bolsonaro, who is up for re-election next year, tells world leaders United Nations General Assembly As he lamented “all the deaths that have happened in Brazil and around the world” last month, the unemployment toll must be balanced against the coronavirus.
There has been a rapid increase in deaths in Brazil, which in June crossed the 500,000 mark.
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Vaccines Provide Hope

But despite Friday’s sad milestone, there are now signs that infections in Brazil are finally easing, as the country ramps up vaccinations after a slow start, Reuters reports. More than 70% of Brazilians have received the first dose, compared to 65% in the United States.

“The rejection rate of vaccines is really low, it makes other countries jealous,” Alexandre said that means BarbossaHead of Epidemiology at So Paulo State University. “It is really important for Brazil to stop the pandemic.”
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Brazil appears to have been spared the worst in the delta version so far, with registered deaths and cases falling despite the arrival of a more infectious strain.

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