Brazil Reports Almost 70,000 New Covid Infections in Record Day
by Mario Sergio Lima/Bloomberg
Brazil registered a record number of coronavirus cases and deaths after days of reported issues with the transfer of the data from local governments into the national system.
The Latin American country added 69,074 cases on Wednesday, pushing the total number of infections to over 2.55 million, according to the Health Ministry. Deaths rose by 1,595 to 90,134. In both counts, Brazil trails only the U.S. globally.
Brazil, a nation of 210 million with some states the size of France, has reported some 7,000 coronavirus deaths a week for the past two months as the pandemic moves from major urban centers inland and to poorer regions.
The country’s response to the crisis — no national guidelines, no standing health minister and a leader who has belittled the disease — has been criticized by health experts, who warned the economy was reopening before the curve was flattened. Brazil added a million cases in under a month, and is on pace to reach 3 million infections in the first half of August, according to estimates from PUC University in Rio de Janeiro.