Brazil Has 12% Drop in Deaths by Covid-19 in August

Despite drop, the country recorded more than 930 deaths per day

São Paulo

As the second country in the world most affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Brazil recorded a fall in total deaths in August compared to the previous month. There were 28,947 deaths from the disease in August against 32,912 in July, a decrease of 12%.

Worldwide, there were 180,649 deaths in August - 16% of this total in Brazil. According to the World Health Organization, 844,312 deaths have been registered since the beginning of the pandemic.

Brazil has a total of 121,515 Covid-19 victims since March. The disease has infected 3,910,901 people in the country.

Vila Formosa's cemetery, in Sao Paulo. ( Foto: Lalo de Almeida/ Folhapress ) - Folhapress

On Monday (31), the country registered 619 new deaths and 48,785 infected in the last 24 hours. Although the number of new Covid-19 deaths in Brazil decreased in August, it is still early to speak of a consolidated downward trend.

The seven-day moving average for this second (31) is 11% lower than that of 14 days ago: there were 971 deaths, against 866 now. The moving average has also fallen but less than 5%.

The moving average is a statistical resource that seeks to give a more accurate view of the disease's evolution, as it attenuates isolated numbers that deviate from the pattern. The moving average is calculated by adding the result of the last seven days, dividing by seven.

According to epidemiologists, there is a sustained fall when the decrease exceeds 15%. At this point, therefore, the outlook would indicate stability.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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