Brazil climbs to world no.2 in COVID-19 cases

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2020

In Washington President Trump, facing an uphill battle to be reelected in November, continued to pressure state and local governments to reopen the American economy - even as the toll continues to rise in the world's hardest-hit country, where Covid-19 had claimed nearly 96,000 lives as of yesterday according to Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organization declared Latin America "a new epicenter" of the coronavirus pandemic Friday as U.S. President Donald Trump demanded churches reopen despite the ongoing COVID-19 threat.

For the reason that pandemic broke out final December, greater than 5.2 million folks have been sickened and a few 338,000 killed worldwide, making it one of many deadliest viral outbreaks for the reason that 1918 Spanish Flu. But with aggressive containment measures that put tens of millions of citizens under strict lockdown, Beijing appears to have largely brought the contagion under control, reporting a only slow trickle of new cases as the virus took hold elsewhere in the world.

The UN health agency, the World Health Organization says the epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic has shifted to South America as cases in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo explode six months after the new coronavirus emerged on the other side of the world in Wuhan, China.

BRAZIL has overtaken Russian Federation as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections worldwide behind the United States, as the Americas emerged as a new centre of the pandemic. On Monday, Brazil overtook Britain to become the country with the third highest number of infections.

The number of deaths in Brazil is now the sixth-highest in the world, behind the United States, Britain, Italy, Spain and France.

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"What's perverse is that a lot of the people who are exposing themselves to the virus are doing it because they don't have a choice".

Nine African countries had 50% rises in cases in the past week, while others have seen a decline or have stable rates, Ryan said.

It was not clear whether he had any authority to override the governors.

Serbia said, meanwhile, that the Exit Festival in Novi Sad - one of Europe's biggest music events - could go ahead in August as planned, and in Italy Florence's famous Duomo cathedral reopened to the public.

In Brazil, Sao Paulo state, home to 46 million of the country's 210 million people, accounts for 76,871 cases and almost 30 per cent of the deaths.

The death toll has doubled in just 11 days, according to ministry data.

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