After being out of focus of monitoring the world’s COVID-19 pandemic for a few weeks, Brazil is worried once again. Data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday revealed that the country’s numbers of new infections and deaths are among the fastest growing, placing Brazil fourth in the world.
In the week ending December 27, 42,000 deaths were recorded worldwide as a result of the pandemic. But in the last week of January, the rate was nearly 60,000. At seven days, the increase was 9%.
But in the case of Brazil, the expansion was 88%, for a total of 3,300 deaths in seven days. And the situation in the United States is still the most serious, where 13,000 people were killed. But the trend is down and deaths are down 5% in the past week. India and Russia took second and third places, 4,600 were killed each.
The trend of new covid-19 cases in the country is also at odds with the global average, where there was a 2% decrease in the number of new infections per week.
The United States continues to lead, with 3.2 million new cases in seven days. But US cities registered a 35% contraction in this period. France comes second with 2.3 million new and stable cases compared to the previous seven days. India, in third place, saw a 12% drop in its numbers.
But in the Brazilian case, the country added 1.2 million new infections, up 56% in a week and against the world. Only four countries saw the Americas expand more than 20% in the week ending Sunday. One of them was Brazil.
For the World Health Organization, the stabilization of new cases and the increase in deaths reveal that there is no room for celebration. “We are seeing an alarming increase in deaths in most regions of the world,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus.
“It raises concern from the narrative that due to vaccines and a sign of a more moderate effect, transmission can no longer be stopped and control measures are no longer necessary,” he said. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” Tedros warned.
According to him, in just ten weeks since the appearance of the omnitron, almost 90 million new cases have been registered. “That’s more than it was in the whole of 2020,” he found. “More transmission means more death,” Tedros insisted.
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