Brazil reached 1,891 confirmed infections by coronavirus on Monday and added 34 deaths, nine more than on Sunday, according to the latest balance released by the Ministry of Health.
The number of confirmed cases has jumped 22.3% in the last 24 hours in the South American country, which registers at least one infected with COVID-19 in each of its 27 states.
Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous state in Brazil, with some 46 million inhabitants, almost the population of Colombia, is the hardest hit by the pandemic, accounting for 745 of the cases and thirty of the deceased.
The other four deaths have been detected in Rio de Janeiro, the second region most affected by the coronavirus with 233 infections.
Behind appears the state of Ceará, in the northeast of the country, where 163 confirmed cases have been reported until Monday; the Federal District of Brasilia (133) and Minas Gerais (128).
The expansion of the coronavirus through Brazil, which has some 210 million inhabitants, forced the Government of Jair Bolsonaro to adopt restrictive measures to contain the pandemic, such as the closure of its land borders, and economic measures to mitigate its effects through a millionaire. liquidity injection plan and aid to some business sectors.
In Sao Paulo, Governor Joao Doria decreed a fortnight of fifteen days as of Tuesday morning, which includes the closure of all commercial establishments, except health, food and security.
For his part, the far-right Bolsonaro has timidly expressed his concern with the situation and insists that there is “hysteria” around the coronavirus.
He has also criticized some of the measures and recommendations made by regional governments, including avoiding mass and worship in evangelical churches and temples, where he has strong electoral support.
According to a survey by the Datafolha Institute published today by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, one in three Brazilians (33%) describes Bolsonaro’s management to deal with the pandemic as “bad or lousy,” while 35% consider it “optimal or good” and 26%, “fair”.