It is the second most heartbroken country in the world by Covid-19. In Brazil, nearly 337,000 people have died from the disease. The largest country in Latin America crossed the 4,000 mark killed by the virus in one day on Tuesday, April 6, its record.
In this month of April, specialists fear a massacre even worse than that of March, which left 66,000 dead, then almost double that of July, the worst month of 2020. In just six days, more than 15,000 deaths have been recorded, with 2,757 deaths per day on average.
In addition to saturated hospitals in most areas, corpse handling becomes complicated. In São Paulo, buses that are usually reserved for school transport have begun to be used to transport them, and cemeteries are so crowded that burials take place at night.
In Brazil, each city and each state has been taking its own anti-Covid measures since the beginning of the health crisis, in the face of an inactive federal government. The far-right president Jair Bolsonaro constantly questions the restrictions imposed. A year ago, when the president called the coronavirus a “little flu,” the Supreme Court ruled that states and municipalities have the right to impose their own measures in an attempt to limit contamination. Without coordination, they are often insufficient and sometimes contradictory.
At the end of March, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, for example, decreed the total closure of bars and restaurants, but the governor of the state of Rio, Claudio Castro, allowed them to remain open until 11pm. . The same at the beginning of the week: after the mayor’s announcement of the school closure, a judge refuted the municipal decree, reauthorizing the opening of establishments.
On Saturday, April 3, the eve of Easter Sunday, a Supreme Court judge recently appointed by President Bolsonaro also decidedauthorize the opening of places of worship throughout Brazil despite the bans in force in many cities. Two days later, Gilmar Mendes, another court magistrate, reinstated the ban for the State of São Paulo.
Vaccination is still slow
“There are not there is no clear definition for all of Brazil of the activities that should be considered ‘essential’. Each city, each state, defines in its own way what may or may not be left open, depending on local political and economic pressures, that is why the situation is so chaotic, ”José David Urbaez, from the Center for Infectious Diseases, explains to AFP. of Brasilia.
Vaccination, which started late in mid-January, continues at a still slow pace. To date, almost 20 million people have received the first dose, that is. 9.8% of the populationand 5.8 million per second (2.7%). In France, where the vaccination rate has been widely criticized within the country and internationally, almost 14% of the population received a first dose and 4.7% both.