Brasília, April 30 2021: Known as the P1 mutation, the Brazil variant has had devastating consequences for the country as it struggles to battle the corona virus wave that swept through it last year and continues its unabated assault that pushed the country’s medicare system to the brink of collapse as cases began to surge early this year.
This week the country crossed the grim milestone of 400,000 deaths making it second in the world to the US in terms of fatalities. There is a struggle to procure medical supplies like Oxygen and vaccines while the Senate is investigating whether the policies of the government of Far right wing President Jair Bolsonaro may have made the crisis worse. The constant downplaying and alleged criminal neglect of the pandemic by the president include fighting stay at home measures and rejecting offers of vaccines.
In the past 24 hours, over 3000 deaths have been reported according to official health ministry figures, bringing Brazil’s overall toll to 401,186.
It may have passed the peak of the current wave, bu the South American giant has one of the highest pandemic mortality rates of the world, 14th worldwide and worst in the Americas, among its total population of 212 million people, there are 189 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.The daily average death toll stands at 2562, second only to India
According to health experts the surge resulted from the P1, which can reinfect people who have had the original strain of the virus, and is also more contagious.
First vaccine doses have been administered to around 28 million people in Brazil, accounting for about 13% of the population while another 12.7 million have received a second dose. However, now there are reported shortages of the vaccine in cities in over half of Brazilian states according to the local press.
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