Brazil Reaches 300 Thousand Covid Deaths Just 75 Days after Registering 200 Thousand

Only 2% of Brazilian cities have more inhabitants than the number of deaths from the pandemic in the country

São Paulo

Just two and a half months after crossing the trench of 200 thousand deaths, Brazil accumulated another hundred thousand victims and reached, on Wednesday (24), the alarming number of 300 thousand Covid-19 deaths. The number is so large that it exceeds the population of 98.3% of the 5,570 Brazilian cities.

From March 2020 until 8 pm this Wednesday, the country totaled 301,087 deaths, having surpassed 300 thousand at 4:24 pm. Amid this growing mountain of dead, the health care system is collapsing in all regions of the country, medicines are scarce, and oxygen is lacking.

In the population projections of the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) of 2020, only 93 cities - or 1.7% of the total - have a population of more than 301 thousand people.

The lethality of the pandemic in Brazil is also evident when the comparison is made worldwide. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, with only 2.7% of the global population, Brazil accounts for 11% of Covid-19 deaths registered in all countries so far. In other words: the share of Covid deaths in the country, within the world total, is four times its share in the planetary population.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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