Rio de Janeiro - The corona crisis is having increasingly devastating effects in Brazil. Yesterday, authorities reported 881 new deaths within 24 hours. So far, according to official information, 12,400 people have died as result of the disease with SARS-CoV-2. In terms of the total number of infections, Brazil has now overtaken Germany.
The number of confirmed cases of infection in Brazil rose by further 9,258 to 177,589 by yesterday. That infected people today at 171,306, those in Baltimore. This means that Brazil is now in seventh place in terms of infections after the USA, Russia, Spain, Great Britain, Italy and France.
According to the scientific study in South America's largest country, the SARS-CoV-2 virus had already spread before this year's carnival - and thus before the first publication of an infection in the country. The spread began around the first week of February, according to the study published yesterday by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the country's leading health institute.
The spread of the pathogen began more than 20 days before the first time in the Country, returnee from Italy had been diagnosed with the infection. His case was only announced shortly after the carnival.
The foundation's investigation is based on an analysis of statistics. The researchers calculated the period of early spread of the virus in the country on the basis of the corona death numbers. The analysis raises concerns that there could be significantly more cases of infection in Brazil than recorded in the official statistics.
Every year, the carnival in Brazil brings millions of people to the streets to riotous partying is an important economic factor in the country. Even before the study was published, experts assumed high number of unreported cases of infections because the country does not have sufficient resources for tests.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is accused of downplaying the corona crisis in his country. The right-wing national head of state described the lung disease COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus in the past as "minor flu" - he repeatedly criticized the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the states because of their negative effects on the economy.
The head of state is currently under great pressure because of his handling of the corona pandemic. According to new survey by the MDA institute, 55.4 percent of Brazilians now reject the president's policies. 67 percent support the restrictions imposed by the governors.