America celebrates this Thursday a month since the first case of coronavirus in Brazil was reported with bad news: the entire continent has reported infections, there is a balance of more than a thousand deaths and 76,000 patients and it has its main focus in the United States after that today it will exceed China by number of patients -82,404 – and will reach 1,178 deaths.
The COVID-19 already leaves 462,684 infected and 20,834 dead in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and the virus race continues firm.
COVID-19 UNCONTROLLED IN THE USA
The fastest spread of the virus is registered in the US, which according to private data, already leads the number of those infected, displacing China and Italy.
The Johns Hopkins University indicated that the number rises to 82,404 cases, while the newspaper The New York Times calculated that 81,321 are infected.
Statistics from the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate, however, that there are 68,440 coronavirus cases and 994 deaths in the country, which has about 326 million inhabitants.
President Donald Trump is skeptical about this worrying situation and on Thursday he limited himself to saying: “” You do not know what the numbers are in China. “
The Johns Hopkins numbers are also stubborn: in the US 1,178 people have died, behind the 8,215 in Italy and 3,291 in China.
The largest focus of the disease in the country is in New York, the most populous city in the US, with 280 deaths. Other areas with a high incidence of loss of life are the state of Washington (100) and New Jersey, a state neighboring New York, with 44 cases.
According to doctors and other employees, New York hospitals are beginning to show signs of overflow, with serious equipment shortages and amid a flurry of patients in recent days.
AFTER A MONTH, THE VIRUS DOES NOT SURPRISE BOLSONARO
Brazil reported 77 deaths this Thursday, twenty more than the day before, and infections rose 20% in 24 hours to 2,915, when the first month of the pandemic in the country is celebrated.
The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous and richest in the country, with some 46 million inhabitants, is the most hit region in Brazil, concentrating 1,052 infections and 58 deaths.
However, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is opposed to the “mass” confinement measures due to COVID-19, a disease that he describes as “influenza” and “cold.”
The president defends the reopening of schools and isolation only for those over 60 and people with previous illnesses, contrary to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Recommendations that have been met by the governors of the 27 states of Brazil, who have applied total or partial isolation measures to try to contain the expansion.
In addition, thousands of Brazilians have protested from their homes by means of “cacerolazos” in some of the country’s main cities, such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte or Brasilia, against Bolsonaro’s indifference.
EXPANSION CURVE EXPANDED
Since the first case was reported a month ago, each country in the Americas has adopted several measures that have been tightening up, such as the closure of borders, curfews, quarantines, and mandatory confinement, which already greatly affect economic activity and the development of a continent with approximately 1,007 million inhabitants.
Canada reported that it already has 3,901 infections, 620 more than yesterday, while the number of deaths rose to 39, in total 9 more.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized that “too many people” are not following quarantine orders, especially citizens who were repatriated from abroad.
In addition, authorities are concerned about the situation in the United States, as border towns fear that the spread of the disease in that country and Trump’s intention to relax restrictions in mid-April to revive the economy will translate into an increase in the cases.
In Mexico, almost a month after the first case, the Government suspended the non-essential activities of the federal Administration, a measure that surprised citizens in the face of the resistance of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to adopt more drastic measures in the face of the pandemic that is already leaving 6 deceased and 475 cases.
Peru expanded the emergency and announced strong measures such as compulsory confinement of the population until April 12, while there are already 580 cases in the country.
Argentina strengthened its hospital system in the face of the increase in coronavirus cases (502) and is evaluating extending the mandatory period of social isolation from March 31 to after Easter in the country, where there are already 9 deceased.
Venezuela registered the first death from COVID-19 and reached a total of 107 infected, in the midst of the quarantine that has been in effect for 11 days in the country and that restricts work activity to priority sectors such as health and nutrition.
The cases in Colombia rose to 491 and the deceased to 6, while the country is in a 19-day national quarantine that will end on April 13.
THE OTHER “PANDEMIC”
Transparency International (TI) warned this Thursday that corruption may increase in Latin America, based on purchases and contracts made by governments to deal with the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
IT director in Brazil, Bruno Brandao, explained that in the current crisis, governments “are opening up public spending extraordinarily” and “there are the risks that groups with privileged access” will obtain benefits “to the detriment of the people in general.”
In Venezuela, perceived along with Nicaragua as the most corrupt countries in Latin America, “what has not been done in the last 20 years has to be published” in terms of state purchases.