Sao Paulo.- Brazil passed the mark of 70,000 deaths and 1.8 million cases of coronavirus on Friday after registering 1,214 new deaths and 45,048 infections in the last 24 hours, reported the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, who this week tested positive for the illness.
This is the fourth consecutive day in which more than 1,200 deaths have been counted in one day as a result of the pathogen in the South American country, the second in the world most affected by the pandemic, just behind the United States.
The last bulletin released by the Ministry of Health also reported that another 4,000 deaths are being investigated for their relationship with the virus, while the number of people recovered has already reached 1,078,763, which is 59.9% of the total.
Brasilia, the country’s capital, has become one of the cities currently most affected by the new coronavirus, a fact that specialists attribute to a precipitous de-escalation.
Contagions have accelerated in recent days in Brasilia, as well as in the rest of the central-western region, and total 67,297, with 856 deaths in the capital. Another of the states where the virus is advancing strongly is Minas Gerais (Southeast), where 70,086 cases and 1,505 deaths have been recorded.
The occupation of the Intensive Care Units of Belo Horizonte, its capital, was below 90% today for the first time in a week. Despite the fact that Sao Paulo concentrates the highest number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 (359,110 and 17,442, respectively), the pandemic has stabilized in the most populous state in the country, according to Governor Joao Doria said today.
At the beginning of this month, when the epidemiological curve was still ascending, the state of Sao Paulo began a gradual reopening of its economy that led to the launch of bars and restaurants, shops and shopping centers.
The São Paulo capital, the most populous city in Brazil, with 12 million inhabitants, plans to reopen the parks and gyms on Monday.
— EFE to eldia.com.do