Brazil reported a record 54,771 new cases on Friday, according to Reuters, and the country is expected to top 50,000 deaths over the weekend. The country’s health ministry said the spike occurred because the numbers were underreported on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), which is part of the University of Washington School of Medicine, has predicted that Brazil’s death toll will exceed that of the United States in July.
Alexandre Naime Barbosa, a university professor of medicine at the University of São Paulo, told Reuters that the number of viruses is likely to be much higher than is currently reported. “The number of $ 1 million is much less than the actual number of people who have been infected, because there is underreporting of a magnitude of five to 10 times,” Barbosa said. “The actual number is probably at least $ 3 million and could even be as high as 10 million people. ”
The country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, downplayed the risk of the virus, and the department said the recovery rates are much more significant than the number of deaths and illnesses.
Although it appears that the northern parts of the country are witnessing a decrease in cases in general, the Associated Press has reported that southern regions are facing an increase.
“There is a lot of regional disparity in our public health system and the shortage of interior professionals, Miguel Lago, executive director of Brazil, from the Institute of Health Political Studies, told the AP . “Who creates a lot of desolate healthcare, with people living long distances to get attention. When they leave the hospital, the virus can go with them. “