Brazil passes of 50 000 coronavirus deaths as the epidemic worsens

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FILE PHOTO: A gravedigger walks to the Sao Francisco Xavier cemetery during the epidemic of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil, On The 23rd Of April, At The Horizon Of 2020. Photo taken on April 23, at the horizon of 2020. REUTERS/Ian Cheibub

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil, the world N ° 2 coronavirus hot spot after the united States, has officially passed 50,000 coronavirus death on Sunday, a blow to a country already grappling with more than 1 million cases, the rise of political instability and a crippled economy.

Brazil now has a total of 1,085,038 confirmed cases and 50,617 death, 49,976 Saturday, the Health Ministry said. The Experts say that the real numbers are much higher due to a lack of widespread testing. Latin america’s largest country, has registered more than 1,000 deaths a day, but usually registers less on the weekend.

Brazil confirmed its first case of new coronavirus on Feb. 26 and spent 1 million on Friday. Since your arrival in the country, the virus’s rapid spread has weakened the support for right-wing President, Jair Bolsonaro, and has raised fears of an economic collapse after years of sluggish growth.

Bolsonaro, sometimes called the “Tropical Asset,” has been widely criticized for his handling of the crisis. The country still does not have a permanent minister of health, after having lost two since the month of April, following clashes with the chair.

Bolsonaro has shunned the social distance, calling it a job killing far more dangerous than the virus itself. It has also made the promotion of two anti-malarial drugs, the remedies, chloroquine, and hydroxychloroquine, despite little evidence that they work.

On Sunday, Bolsonaro said that the military serves the will of the people and its mission is to defend democracy, adding fuel to a raging debate on the role of armed forces in the midst of the rumbling fears of political fragility.

His comments came on the same day that his supporters and his opponents gathered in cities across the country, in a stark symbol of the polarization in Latin America’s largest country.

Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Peter Cooney and Diane Craft

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