Brazil's COVID-19 Infection Cases Surpass 1 Million, WHO says World entering New and Dangerous Phase

  • Brazil has confirmed on Friday that the total number of confirmed coronavirus infection cases in the country has crossed the 1 million mark, making the second highest cases in the world after the United States. As per Brazil’s health ministry, the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by over 54,000 since Thursday to more than 1,032,913 cases. Even after sharp rise in confirmed COVID-19 infections. Even after the death of around 50,000 people from COVID-19 in the last 3-months in Brazil, its President Jair Bolsonaro is downplaying the risk of the virus. Bolsonaro said that the impact of social isolation measures on the economy could be much worse than that of COVID-19 itself. Specialists believe that the actual number of coronavirus infection cases in Brazil could be much higher (up to 7-times higher) than the actual numbers. According to the John Hopkins University report, the average per day test in Brazil for every 100,000 people is just 14. Health experts believe that the South American country’s 14 tests per 100,000 people is around 20 times less than what is needed for tracking the novel coronavirus. Official data shows that the COVID-19 infection in northern parts of Brazil (including the hardest hit regions) is trending downwards but in the southern parts it is growing. In the biggest Brazilian cities near the Atlantic coast, the cases of infection and deaths have reached a plateau. Other Latin American countries worst affected by coronavirus pandemic are Mexico, Chile, and Peru. With the economies across the world opening up, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the cases are rising and the COVID-19 pandemic is entering a “new and dangerous phase”. WHO’s chief scientist, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, has said that they are optimistic and hopeful that that the COVID-19 vaccines will be available before the end of 2020.