67,869 new cases in 24 hours. Brazil recorded a record number of new coronavirus contaminations on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health.
In total, more than 2.23 million people have been infected with Covid-19 in Brazil, the largest country in Latin America with more than 212 million inhabitants.
The country is the second most bereaved in the world, after the United States with more than 82,771 deaths this Wednesday since the start of the pandemic in February.
The last record for new daily cases in Brazil was on June 19 with 54,771 people infected in one day.
Brazilian official figures are considered lower than reality due to the lack of mass testing. Its president, Jair Bolsonaro, is infected, as are several members of his government.
Positive, Bolsonaro is against general confinement
Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 for the third time this Tuesday, two weeks after the announcement of his contamination. He is currently in quarantine, as he spoke out against widespread containment in Brazil.
This explosion in figures is due, according to experts, to a lack of a national policy to fight the pandemic, long described as a “little flu” by the president, who attacked pro-containment governors, on behalf of safeguarding the first economy in Latin America.
The leader has never hidden his contempt for wearing a mask and physical distancing. This Sunday he spoke in front of a crowd of supporters… Without wearing any.
VIDEO. Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters without masks, as he has Covid-19
He also held up a packet of hydroxychloroquine, which he said he took as a treatment. The benefits of this molecule have not yet been scientifically proven.
The pandemic is far from under control in Brazil. The seven-day rolling average of deaths has been over 1,000 over the past month, and regional differences are significant.
The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous and richest in the country, alone accounts for a quarter of the country’s deaths, with 20,532 deaths, and nearly 440,000 contaminations.
That of Rio de Janeiro is the second for the death toll, with 12,443 dead, for more than 148,000 cases.