Authorities in Sao Paulo said they plan to open a ‘vertical cemetery’ to handle the continued increase in coronavirus deaths.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro reiterated that he had no plans to issue a nationwide embargo, one day after the country saw it. The number of coronavirus deaths is the highest in 24 hours.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health recorded 3,829 deaths on Wednesday, slightly lower than the 4,195 deaths the previous day, a grim national record.
Bolsonaro said in a speech in the city of Chapeco, “We will not accept this politics as being at home and closing everything. resist increased pressure on your government to address the growing pandemic.
“There will be no national strike,” he said.
Bolsonaro, a COVID-19 skeptic who has downplayed the threat of the virus, remains challenging in the face of public health experts who increasingly speak out. strict coronavirus restriction measures should be taken to solve the crisis.
According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, more than 336,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Brazil so far, and projections suggest that death will continue to rise if nothing is done to stop the spread of the virus.
On Wednesday, the Director of the Inter-American Health Organization (PAHO) said Brazil was one of the countries that registered some of the highest numbers of new daily COVID-19 infections in the world. The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 92,625 new cases on Wednesday.
“Last week, the United States, Brazil and Argentina were among the top 10 countries in the world with the highest number of new infections worldwide,” Carissa Etienne said during a weekly press conference.
Meanwhile, the authorities reported the first confirmed Brazilian case of a coronavirus variant in South Africa on Wednesday, raising concerns about the soil’s ability to cope with soil’s growing infections. country.
A variant first discovered in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, called P1, and a variant in South Africa is believed to be more contagious than the original strain of the new coronavirus.
“It could be a big duel,” Maria Carolina Sabbaga, research coordinator at Brazil’s Butantan Biomedical Institute, told Reuters news agency.
“I think P.1 has taken over. I’m not sure if South Africa can get past P.1, let’s see, ”Sabbaga said.
Brazil launched the vaccination campaign in January, but so far only 8% of the population has been vaccinated against the backdrop. limited supply amount.
So far, Brazil has sources of vaccines from AstraZeneca and Sinovac of China.
Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, on Wednesday said it would start opening about 600 new graves every day amid rising coronavirus deaths, far exceeding a record 426 graves daily on March 30. / 3, Reuters reported.
The city is also preparing plans for a “vertical cemetery” – a crypt with 26,000 drawer-like tombs that could be built in 90 days after approval.