Sao Paulo, Mar 4 .- Brazil, one of the countries most affected by the pandemic in the world, registered 1,699 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which is equivalent to one death every 50 seconds, according to this report. Thursday the Government.
According to the daily balance of the Ministry of Health, the total number of fatalities has now risen to 260,970 since last March 12, when the first death was notified in Sao Paulo.
The number of deaths this Thursday is lower than the record registered the day before when 1,910 deaths were counted on the deadliest day of the pandemic, but it is higher than Tuesday when 1,641 fatalities were registered.
The Government reported that the country registered 75,102 cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which is the second-worst number of daily infections during the pandemic, exceeding the 71,704 recorded on Wednesday.
The accumulated number of coronavirus cases amounts to 10,793,732 since last February 26, the date on which the first contagion was registered in Brazil, which together with the United States and India is one of the countries in the world most affected by the disease.
Since last November, Brazil has faced a second more virulent and lethal wave of the pandemic that has led the country to average more than a thousand deaths associated with covid during the last month and a half.
Despite the seriousness of the pandemic, the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, one of the most denial leaders about the seriousness of the disease, urged the population to work on Thursday and questioned: “Are we going to cry until when?” .
“I appeal to governors and mayors to rethink those policies of closing everything. The people want to work,” Bolsonaro declared to add: “We are going to fight the virus, but not in that ignorant, stupid, suicidal way.”
According to Bolsonaro, “we can dream of better days for everyone, but without money, without employment, we are doomed to failure, misery and death or to actions that are of no interest, such as riots or looting.”
The leader of the Brazilian extreme right referred to the tightening of the restriction measures imposed by the majority of the governors to avoid an imminent health collapse in the face of the serious increase in income from covid-19.
Rio de Janeiro this Thursday decreed a night curfew and the closure of any type of commercial activity on its beaches for a week, while the state of Sao Paulo ordered the closure of all non-essential activities starting next Saturday.
Sao Paulo, the most populous state with 46 million inhabitants, has registered 12,236 new cases and 313 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest number in the country, followed by Rio Grande do Sul, which is experiencing its worst moment and already suffers sanitary collapse in some cities.
The southern state has recorded 9,940 cases and 188 daily deaths from coronavirus.