- Title: Brazil tops 2 million coronavirus cases as outbreak worsens
- Date: 16th July 2020
- Summary: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (JULY 16, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT RIO DE JANEIRO FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, ROBERTO MEDRONHO, SAYING: "It's a lot of suffering for our population. And, despite that, we're seeing a lack of empathy and solidarity from many government officials. Those of us on the frontlines attending to cases of COVID, researching drugs and vaccines - we are ashamed of the situation." SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (JULY 16, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COFFIN BEING LOWERED INTO GRAVE VARIOUS OF FAMILY LOOKING ON WHILE COFFIN IS BURIED WREATH PLACED OVER GRAVE RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (JULY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN WHO LOST HIS MOTHER TO COVID-19, RAFAEL REIS, SAYING: "You're never ready for this at any time in your life, but having it happen this way, with COVID taking my mother, it was very, very painful." SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (JULY 16, 2020) (REUTERS) COFFIN BEING CARRIED TO GRAVESITE NEW GRAVES RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (JULY 15, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN WHO LOST HIS MOTHER TO COVID-19, RAFAEL REIS, SAYING: "They mocked the disease. They didn't believe in it and they also mocked social isolation, which was and today still is the most effective way to contain the spread of the disease." BRASILIA, BRAZIL (JULY 16, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BRAZIL'S NATIONAL CONGRESS BUILDING GRAFFITI READING (Portuguese) "DEATH TO THE VIRUS - BOLSONARO OUT"
- Embargoed: 30th July 2020 21:07
- Keywords: 000 2 Brazil Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro cases confirmed coronavirus deaths infections numbers pandemic record two million
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO & BRASILIA, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO, SAO PAULO & BRASILIA, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA003CN28WG7
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- Story Text: Brazil topped more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Thursday (July 16), hitting that grim milestone at an alarming pace as anger grows over President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the outbreak.
Just 27 days have passed since Brazil, which has the world's second-largest outbreak after the United States, reached a million cases. It has accelerated since then, hitting a plateau of nearly 40,000 confirmed new cases per day in recent weeks, according to government figures.
Despite the rapid spread of the virus, Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain, has pressured local governments to lift lockdown restrictions.
By contrast, 43 days passed between 1 million and 2 million confirmed cases in the United States, where the spread of COVID-19 eased briefly in May before accelerating again in June, according to a Reuters tally.
Brazil, the largest country in Latin America, is home to around 210 million people - roughly two-thirds the size of the U.S. population.
In both countries, contagion has exploded as the virus gains steam in new areas far from the largest cities. A patchwork of state and city responses has held up poorly in Brazil in the absence of a tightly coordinated policy from the federal government.
Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the virus last week, has played down its health risks and fought against social distancing orders, calling their economic effects worse than the disease itself. Under pressure, many governors and mayors have loosened restrictions in recent weeks, fueling bigger outbreaks.
Brazil's Health Ministry reported an accumulated 1,966,748 cases on Wednesday (July 15) evening, with 75,366 related deaths.
Polls show Bolsonaro's popularity has been sinking during the pandemic. The share of Brazilians that see his government as bad or terrible has risen to 44% according to a late June survey by pollster Datafolha. That was up from 38% in April and 36% in December.
(Production: Leandra Camera, Sergio Queiroz, Leonardo Benassatto, Pablo Garcia, Sebastian Rocandio)
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