Brazil now second country to top 1 million coronavirus cases, deaths over 50,000


(Natural News) Officials confirmed last week that Brazil has passed one million coronavirus cases, making it the second country – after the U.S. – to reach the grim milestone. To note, the U.S. still leads in global caseload, reaching two million infections early this month.

The Ministry of Health also reported a record of 54,771 new cases on Friday, which the ministry attributed to system corrections in some states. Brazil’s total caseload is now at 1,106,470 as of June 22, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

According to public health experts, the upswing in new cases is linked to reopenings and social distancing measures being lifted. In Rio de Janeiro, people flocked the city’s famous beaches over the weekend, with many neither wearing masks nor practicing social distancing. The city, as well as its eponymous state, has 97,572 cases and 8,933 deaths – among the highest in the country.

Pandemic shows no signs of stopping

With 654 new deaths reported Monday, Brazil’s death toll has risen to more than 50,000. Based on the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Brazil is on track to overtake the U.S. as the country with the world’s deadliest outbreak by the end of summer.

The latest estimates from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) indicate that Brazil will top 1.3 million cases by the end of the month. In addition, the PUC-Rio model predicts that total deaths will reach 57,000 during the same period.

Public health experts also believe that Brazil’s actual caseload could be up to seven times higher than the official numbers. To note, the country has a testing rate of 11,814 per million people – the lowest, next to India, among the 10 worst-hit nations in the world. In comparison, the U.S. has a testing rate of 87,706 per million, and Russia – which ranks third – has a rate of 120,074 per million.