The United States has the highest number of official deaths in the world, with more than 116,000 deaths.
The latest figures for Brazil were released last night by a coalition of Brazil’s leading media outlets that collected their own data after accusing the government of trying to hide the true death toll, reports The Guardian.
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The coalition intervened after President Jair Bolsonaro stopped reporting the number of cases and deaths of Covide-19 after the Ministry of Health’s “coronavirus panel” was taken offline and some information was deleted from the portal.
He went after any media scrutiny, saying it was a “sensationalizing” Covid-19, which he described as “a bit cold.”
He also urged local governments to lift quarantine measures, sending mixed signals to Brazilians on whether masks should be used and social distancing.
At a press conference on Thursday, he accused Brazilian journalists of focusing too much on the dead in order to produce a “funeral television” and claimed that a former health minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, had produced “fictitious” Covid-19 statistics in order to keep Brazilians at home.
“The aim was to spread the terror,” he added.
Nearly eight million people were infected during the global pandemic and the death toll now stands at more than 428,000.
Government documents have revealed that coronavirus can cause up to 75,000 deaths in the UK.
The estimate shows that ministers planned the “worst reasonable case” he made two months ago.
The staggering death toll published by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) included 50,000 patients who died directly from Covide-19.
The assessment indicates that another 12,000 to 25,000 people would die from the virus or other conditions caused by botched care related to NHS pressures during the outbreak.
These immediate additional deaths are due to problems such as lack of staff, equipment or intensive care capacity associated with hospitals struggling to cope.
This can lead to problems and delays in obtaining care that would otherwise have saved lives.
He estimated that without any action of the government locking down the country up to 1.5 million people could have died directly or indirectly because of Covid-19.