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Brazil has surpassed more than a million confirmed cases of coronaviruses – the second after the United States – with a total of deaths rapidly approaching 50,000.

On Friday, 1,032,913 cases were confirmed, and 1,206 new deaths brought the total number of official deaths to 48,954, the ministry of health said.

The ministry said the big increase was due to reports of system fixes in some states compared to previous days.

On Friday, a new record number of cases was also recorded, with 54,771, suggesting COVID-19[female[feminine the epidemic is far from over.



“The gravediggers do not stop digging”

But some experts say the real extent of the epidemic far exceeds official figures, citing a lack of widespread testing.

“The number of one million is much lower than the actual number of people infected, as there is an underreporting of a magnitude of five to ten times,” said Alexandre Naime Barbosa, professor of medicine at the University of ‘State of Sao Paulo.

“The real number is probably at least three million and could even reach 10 million people. ”

Brazil confirmed his first case of a coronavirus novel on February 26.



“Bolsonaro weakens the message of staying at home”

The virus has spread relentlessly across the country, reaching 82% of municipalities in Brazil, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his handling of the crisis, after describing the pandemic as a “small flu” and refusing to wear a mask or practice social distancing.

He also promoted two antimalarial drugs as remedies, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, despite little evidence of their effectiveness.

The country still has no permanent health minister after losing two since April following clashes with Bolsonaro.



Brasilia protesters are against the coronavirus lockdown

Strong divisions in Brazil as infections soar

Bolsonaro’s pressure and public weariness after months of ineffective local and state isolation orders have led governors and mayors to begin lifting restrictions on trade and other economic activities.

But public health experts have warned that loosening the restrictions is threatening too soon to accelerate the spread and increase the number of deaths.

“We think there will be a new wave after the loosening of these measures,” said Ricardo Langer, a doctor treating COVID-19 patients at the Field Hospital at Maracan Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

A worsening epidemic could also weigh on already gloomy economic forecasts.

The government has said the economy will contract by 4.7% this year, while economists polled by the central bank believe it will fall by more than 6%.

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