On Friday, Brazil registered 330,890 infections and 21,048 deaths from the SARS-COVI-2 virus, reaching just short of crossing the US in terms of the infected people.
Brazil overtaking Russia on Friday becomes the second-most affected country in the world; making both the Americas a global hotspot for the virus.
Brazil, in 24-hours, has documented 1001 surge in cases, the third time in four days its infection count recorded over a thousand, France 24 reports.
A distraught ariel image from Sao Paolo – the worst-hit city in Brazil – shows rows of open graves in Formosa Cemetery, ready to fill, as the demand grows.
The WHO has declared Brazil as the latest epicenter for the disease with over 330,890 infections and 21,048 deaths. Experts believe the cases are possibly more than 15-times higher given their under-testing status.
Johns Hopkins University tallies 1.6 million cases in the United States with 96k deaths. Russia’s death toll is way behind Brazil and the US with 3200 deaths.
France 24 notes the South American country, Brazil with 201 million population has had a ‘disjointed response’ to the pandemic.
Earlier reports state how the far-right president of the country – Jair Bolsonaro – had failed to protect the country’s indigenous Amazon communities from the coronavirus.
He famously compared the virus with a ‘little flu’ and reportedly debunked stay at home orders of the local authority and state.
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