The epidemic of Covid-19 does not weaken in Brazil, which exceeded Thursday, June 11, the threshold of 40,000 dead on its territory. More precisely, 40,919 deaths have been recorded in this country of 212 million inhabitants, including 1,239 in the last 24 hours. At this rate, it should soon overtake the United Kingdom (41,292 deaths) and become the second country most bereaved by the epidemic. In total, 802,828 contaminations were identified, which places it in second place in the world behind the United States.
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Brazil has registered 30,412 new infections, but most experts believe the official figures are largely underestimated due to insufficient testing. Latin America and the Caribbean counted 1,509,813 reported cases of coronavirus on Thursday, according to an Agence France-Presse count based on official figures. Having become the epicenter of the pandemic, the region recorded a total of 73,602 deaths from Covid-19. At this point, Brazil has recorded 195 deaths from Covid-19 per million people, according to the Ministry of Health, against 342 for the United States and 565 for Italy.
Reopening of shopping centers
The state of Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous of the country, where the first case in Brazil appeared on February 26, also crossed a symbolic threshold on Thursday, exceeding 10,000 dead (10,145), for 162,520 confirmed cases. This did not prevent the reopening of shopping centers in the megalopolis, with many restrictions and reduced hours, the day before “Lovers’ Day”, the equivalent of Valentine’s Day in Brazil, a day of shopping spree. As of Wednesday, the shops facing the street had already reopened, prompting large gatherings in popular shopping areas.
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Shopping centers have also resumed operations in Rio de Janeiro, the second most affected state, with 7,363 deaths and 75,775 confirmed cases. Security guards took the temperature of customers at the entrance and the car parks were only allowed to operate at one third of their capacity. Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the scale of the pandemic, calling the Covid-19 “a little flu”. He regularly calls for the resumption of economic activities, and asked the bosses to wage a “war” against the governors of the states having taken containment measures.
Thursday morning, on the famous Copacabana beach, a major tourist destination in Rio de Janeiro, the NGO Rio de Paz symbolically dug a hundred graves in the sand to pay tribute to the dead of the coronavirus and protest against “incompetence” of public authorities. “We are here to demand a change in attitude from the President of the Republic, who must understand that our nation is facing the most difficult moment in its history,” Antonio Carlos Costa, President, told Agence France-Presse. long.
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On Wednesday evening, the Rio de Janeiro Legislative Assembly launched a dismissal procedure against the governor of Rio, Wilson Witzel, suspected of being involved in a network of embezzlement of funds intended for the fight against the coronavirus. On Thursday, the governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, announced the signing of a technology transfer agreement with the Chinese laboratory Sinovac Biotech, for the production of a vaccine, which will be tested on 9,000 Brazilian volunteers in July. “Studies show that this vaccine could be distributed by June 2021 (if the tests prove conclusive). This agreement will allow us to produce it on a large scale and to immunize millions of Brazilians,” he said. precise.