With 698 records, Brazil approaches 575,000 deaths and

Brazil recorded, this Saturday (21), 698 deaths as a result of covid-19, according to data from the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass). The country now has 574,709 deaths from the disease.

The Conass survey also pointed to 28,388 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, reaching a total of 20,556,487 records since the beginning of the health crisis.

This Friday (20), the country recorded the lowest weekly average of deaths since January. Experts warn, however, that the advance of the delta variant and the abandonment of health protocols could result in preventable deaths.

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Data from the “Our World in Data“, a project linked to the University of Oxford, indicated that, in two months, Brazil went from the 10th to the 5th position among the countries with the most deaths by covid-19 per million inhabitants.

Over the week, 16.4% of Brazilian cities had an increase in the number of registered cases. One of the worst scenarios is in the state of Rio de Janeiro, where seven municipalities no longer have beds available in the Public Health System (SUS).

The country still faces a scenario of delay in immunization, with a percentage of only 26.47% of the population vaccinated with two doses, and the imminent need for a third dose – warned by the Ministry of Health itself.

In absolute terms, Brazil ranks second in the number of deaths from the coronavirus: 573,658. First, with 626,225 deaths, is the United States.

Edition: Daniel Lamir

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