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Bolsonaro's rule is 'worse threat than coronavirus,' say Brazilians as nation passes 500,000 deaths

June 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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There is barely a person in Brazil today who hasn't lost a loved one to Covid-19, say local scientists, as the country reached the grim milestone of half a million deaths.

(CNN)There is barely a person in Brazil today who hasn't lost a loved one to Covid-19, say local scientists, as the country reached the grim milestone of half a million deaths.

On June 18 alone Brazil accounted for nearly one-third of all Covid-19 deaths worldwide, according to Our World in Data -- a figure that experts warn is quickly rising as the virus spreads unchecked throughout the country.

It's very scary," says Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, who in January predicted that the country would reach 500,000 deaths in July.

A study published in Lancet Journal by Hallal and his team at the beginning of the year estimated that three of every four deaths could have been avoided if Brazil followed basic pandemic protocols.

Four of every five deaths could have been prevented if the government had fought the disease as well as the average country, Hallal's team estimated.

A Parliamentary Inquiry (CPI) this spring into the handling of the pandemic by various levels of government, led by Brazil's senate, is investigating whether the federal government intentionally delayed the vaccine rollout in line with its herd immunity strategy.

Hallal says that without restrictive measures and lockdowns, Brazil's death toll will continue to spiral until the vaccine hits at least 40% of the population.

Only the vaccine effect will solve the pandemic in Brazil," says Hallal.

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