Brazil’s brutal surge in COVID-19 deaths will soon surpass the worst of a record January wave in the United States, scientists forecast, with fatalities climbing for the first time above 4,000 in a day on Tuesday as the outbreak overwhelms hospitals.
“It’s a nuclear reactor that has set off a chain reaction and is out of control. It’s a biological Fukushima,” said Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, who is closely tracking the virus.
President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed back against mask-wearing and lockdowns that public health experts consider the best way to lessen virus transmission. The country dragged its feet last year as the world raced to secure vaccines, slowing the launch of a national immunization program.
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‘It’s a biological Fukushima,’ says Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, who is closely tracking the virus. Brazil’s overall death toll trails only the U.S. outbreak https://t.co/RxAZrazy8A
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Brazil has reported a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths exceeding 4,000 for the first time, becoming the third nation to go above that daily threshold. Only the U.S. and Peru have had daily death tolls higher than 4,000. https://t.co/1vfnQpRAoT
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 7, 2021
Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time https://t.co/V9QjYrSgJr
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