Latin America has become the main breeding ground and the global epicenter of the coronavirus (Covid-19) after the United States. More than a million cases have been recorded on the continent, almost half of them in Brazil. The pandemic is also ravaging Mexico, where the macabre toll is approaching 10000 dead, as well as Peru where it contaminated more than 160000 people, more than 4500 dead and threatens hospitals with saturation.
Brazil is the fourth country with the highest number of deaths in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. In the past 24 hours, 16,409 new (28,834 the previous day) confirmed cases have been reported, bringing the number to 514,849 with more than 29,000 deaths (29,314), the ministry of health said. Which makes this Latin American country the most affected by the health crisis after the United States in number of infections in the world and the fourth most bereaved after the United States (1,791,163 cases and 104,399 deaths) ), the United Kingdom (276,156 cases 38,571 deaths) and Italy (232,997 cases and 33,415 deaths).
In solidarity with a fellow sufferer, Donald Trump has supplied Brazil with two million doses of hydroxychloroquine to deal with the coronavirus, the governments of the two countries said on Sunday, despite warnings from health experts about the risks of using this antimalarial. Donald Trump and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro extolled the merits of hydroxychloroquine. The President said last month that he took the drug as a preventative against the new coronavirus. The announcement comes days after the World Health Organization (WHO) said it would suspend clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine in patients infected with coronavirus (Covid-19), a disease, as a safety measure. the new coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Sunday was a day of protests against the government of President Jair Bolsonaro across the country. Clashes erupted between groups of rival protesters for and against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The clash was quickly interrupted by the police, who formed a barrier between the two groups of supporters. The latter stood on either side of the long avenue along the seafront on Copacabana Beach. Some of the anti-Bolsonaro protesters were local football supporters, including those of the Rio-based Flamengo team, whose club colors red and black mean “Democracy”.
Far-right pro-Bolsonaro protesters waved Brazilian flags, and protested Rio’s governor Wilson Witzel, who applied restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). Other protests for and against the far-right president took place in different cities in Brazil on Sunday.