Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second most populous city, recorded 36,437 deaths in March. This is 16 percent more than the number of births in the city. Ryo noticed this sad situation for the sixth month in a row. In at least ten other Brazilian cities inhabited by at least half a million people, more people died last month than were born. Of course this has something to do with Covid-19.
Brazil has been hit hard by the Corona pandemic. New, more contagious variants have emerged, causing the numbers to spike. The fact that some people don’t take it seriously when it comes to respecting social distancing hasn’t helped either. Governments are struggling to control the epidemic in the country. This can also be seen in the negative relationship between birth and death rates.
According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, 77,515 people died from Covid-19 in Brazil in the last month. During the same period, the country recorded more than 2 million new cases. Of the 26 Brazilian states and one federal region, only three have so far reached an occupancy rate of 80 percent or more in hospital intensive care units.
The vaccination campaign has also been slow in Brazil. 21.1 million of the 210 million Brazilians have received at least one injection. At least 1.5 million of them have already been given a second injection, but they are still waiting for it.
President Jair Bolsonaro has come under fire for his unfortunate approach to the Coronavirus in his country. He caught the virus himself, but he always kept reducing his risk. He called it “the flu”. He believes in vaccines and recently contacted Russia about a potential deal on a SputnikV vaccine. At the same time, he continues to insist that the economy should take precedence over the stringent coronavirus measures. Just last week, he said he would never accept a national lockdown to contain the virus. “In which country in the world have there been no deaths?” “Unfortunately, people are dying everywhere,” Bolsonaro said.
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