Hospitals Collapsing In Brazil
Health systems in most of Brazil’s largest cities are close to
collapse because of Covid-19 cases, its leading health institute warns.
More than 80% of intensive care unit beds are occupied in the capitals
of 25 of Brazil’s 27 states, Fiocruz said.
Experts warn that the highly contagious variant in Brazil may
have knock-on effects in the region and beyond.
“Brazil is a threat to humanity,” Fiocruz epidemiologist
Jesem Orellana told AFP news agency.
The country has recorded more than 266,000 deaths and
11 million cases since the pandemic began.
It has the second highest number of deaths in the world after the
US and the third highest number of confirmed cases.
Despite this, President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently opposed
quarantine measures and expert advice on fighting coronavirus.
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On Tuesday the country recorded 1,972 Covid deaths, a new daily record.
According to Fiocruz, 15 state capitals have intensive care units
(ICUs) that are at more than 90% capacity including Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and São Paulo.
Two cities – Porto Alegre and Campo Grande – have exceeded ICU capacity.
In its report, the institute warned that figures pointed to the
“overload and even collapse of health systems”.
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“The fight against Covid-19 was lost in 2020 and there is not the
slightest chance of reversing this tragic circumstance in the first half of 2021,”
Fiocruz’s Jesem Orellana said, quoted by AFP.
“The best we can do is hope for the miracle of mass vaccination or a radical change in the
management of the pandemic. Impunity in management seems to be the rule.”
On Tuesday, the country also recorded more than 70,000 cases, a 38% increase on
last week, according to local media. The surge in cases has been attributed to the
spread of a highly contagious variant of the virus – named P1
which is thought to have originated in the Amazon city of Manaus.