Brazil be­comes sec­ond coun­try with 1mn cases

Worst-hit South Amer­i­can na­tion re­ports over 50,000 Covid-19 in­fec­tions in 24 hours

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTWORLD - letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Brazil­ian gov­ern­ment on Fri­day con­firmed that the num­ber of Covid-19 cases in the coun­try crossed 1 mil­lion, sec­ond only to the US.

Brazil’s health min­istry said that the to­tal stood at 1,032,913, up by more than 50,000 from Thurs­day.

The min­istry said the sharp in­crease was due to correction­s of pre­vi­ous days’ un­der­re­ported num­bers.

The US has more than 2.2 mil­lion coro­n­avirus cases.

Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Jair Bol­sonaro still down­plays the risks of the virus af­ter nearly 50,000 deaths from Covid-19 in three months, say­ing the im­pact of so­cial iso­la­tion mea­sures on the econ­omy could be worse than the disease it­self.

Ex­perts say the num­ber of cases could be up to seven times higher than the of­fi­cial data. Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity says Brazil is per­form­ing an av­er­age of 14 tests per 100,000 peo­ple each day, and health ex­perts say that num­ber is up to 20 times less than needed to track the virus.

Of­fi­cial data show a down­ward trend of the virus in Brazil’s north, in­clud­ing the hard-hit re­gion of the Ama­zon, a plateau in cases and deaths in the big­gest cities near the At­lantic coast, but a ris­ing curve in the south.

US EM­BASSY IN KABUL FAC­ING RIS­ING CASES

KABUL:The US State De­part­ment says Covid-19 in­fec­tions have been re­ported at its em­bassy in the Afghan cap­i­tal and the staff who are af­fected in­clude diplo­mats, con­trac­tors and lo­cally em­ployed staff.

An of­fi­cial at the em­bassy in Kabul said as many as 20 peo­ple were in­fected, many of whom are Nepalese Gurkhas, who pro­vide em­bassy se­cu­rity.

AP

Pope Fran­cis ad­dresses doc­tors and nurses from Italy’s Lom­bardy re­gion, at the Vat­i­can on Saturday.

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