Brazil surges to second in coronavirus cases worldwide

Brazil surges to second in coronavirus cases worldwide

South America is now the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic and most cases are in Brazil, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Brasil, the most populous country in Latin America, has the third highest number of infections globally, behind the U.S. and Russian Federation, and the sixth highest number of deaths, according to data collected by the US-based Johns Hopkins university.

China warned Friday that its huge economy will suffer an vast hit from the coronavirus, as the ongoing pandemic and national lockdowns cause massive global job losses and Russian Federation faces a steep increase in deaths.

"A hope, as reported by many who used it", Bolsonaro said Wednesday, a day after his United States counterpart, Donald Trump, announced that he will continue to take hydroxychloroquine because he is "curious" about its effects.

In Washington, Trump - with an eye on his re-election prospects in November - made it clear he hopes more USA state governors will move towards a loosening of anti-virus restrictions.

Analyst from the risk consultancy Eurasia Group Filipe Gruppelli Carvalho said that the job of the Ministry of Health was as detrimental to responding to the pandemic as much as local authorities.

According to him, "We are considering placing a ban, we hope that we're not going to have a problem".

"I don't want people over there sick, either", Trump added.

Brazil is the third country with the highest number of coronavirus infections in the world

Brazil's coronavirus outbreak worsened on Wednesday and the country with a population of 210 million could soon have the second-highest number of cases in the world as the Health Ministry reported 888 new deaths and almost 20,000 new infections in a single day.

"We've been working 12-hour days, burying them one after the other".

Peru, Mexico and Chile have also seen steady increases in infections.

This means that it is not known how big the pandemic is in Brazil and that the cost of government inaction both in human lives in the short term and in the difficulty it will have to recover from the economic crisis that will affect the whole region will be enormous.

A further 888 people died, bringing the official death toll up to 18,859.

With infections rapidly approaching five million, deaths topping 320,000 and the global economy devastated, there are fears that the worst is yet to come for the poorer parts of the world as they desperately try to contain the spread of the virus.

'There is still no scientific evidence, but it is being monitored and used in Brazil and worldwide, ' Bolsonaro said via his Facebook page.

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