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Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time

Covid: Brazil has more than 4,000 deaths in 24 hours for first time

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EPABrazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuels a surge in cases.Hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they wait for treatment in some cities, and the health system is on the brink of collapse in many areas. The country's total death toll is now almost 337,000, second only to the US.But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lockdown measures to curb the outbreak.He argues that the damage to the economy would be worse than the effects of the virus itself, and has tried to reverse some of the restrictions imposed by local authorities in the courts. Covid vaccines: How fast is worldwide progress?What is the Brazil variant and do vaccines work against it?Political crisis and Covid surge rock Bra...
Covid: Brazil experts issue warning as hospitals ‘close to collapse’

Covid: Brazil experts issue warning as hospitals ‘close to collapse’

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ReutersHealth systems in most of Brazil's largest cities are close to collapse due to Covid-19 cases, the country's leading health institute warns. More than 80% of intensive care unit beds are occupied in the capitals of 25 of Brazil's 27 states, Fiocruz said.Experts warn that the highly contagious variant in Brazil may have knock-on effects in the region and beyond."Brazil is a threat to humanity," Fiocruz epidemiologist Jesem Orellana told the AFP news agency.The country has recorded more than 266,000 deaths and 11 million cases since the pandemic began. It has the second highest number of deaths in the world after the US and the third highest number of confirmed cases. Despite this, President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently opposed quarantine measures and expert advice on fighting coro...
Covid Brazil variant ‘may spread more easily’

Covid Brazil variant ‘may spread more easily’

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Getty ImagesThe Brazil coronavirus variant now found in the UK appears more contagious and may evade immunity provided by past infection, scientists say.Experiences from Manaus - the Amazonian city hit hard by the P.1 variant - suggest it could be up to twice as transmissible as earlier Covid there, the first detailed study suggests.The preliminary work puts the chance of reinfection at between 25% and 60%.But experts say this should not be used to predict what may happen in the UK. Brazil 'variant of concern' found in UKHow worrying is the Brazil variant?Indeed, one of the lead researchers said it was unlikely P.1 would quickly take off in Britain when only six cases had been identified and these were being closely monitored. Infectious diseases expert Prof Ester Sabino, from the Univers...
Former Masters winner Angel Cabrera arrested in Brazil

Former Masters winner Angel Cabrera arrested in Brazil

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Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Federal police arrested two-time major championship winner Angel Cabrera on Friday in Brazil after he was wanted for alleged crimes he commited in Argentina. Sources told CNN, Argentina's Clarin and Brazil's G1 of the arrest Friday. Cabrera will be held in Brazil until he can be extradited to Argentina to face charges for the crimes, which he allegedly committed from 2016 through 2020. Advertisement He faces charges of assault, theft, illegal intimidation and disrespect to authorities, which stem from separate alleged incidents. His arrest took place in Leblon, just south of Rio de Janeiro. Cabrera's attorney, Miguel Gavier, told CNN that his client denies the charges. "He is innocent in both cases and expects to be absolved based on the evidence that has been gathered," ...
Brazil reaches 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 milestone

Brazil reaches 150,000 deaths from COVID-19 milestone

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Brazil’s count of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 150,000 on Saturday night, as the pandemic shows signs of slow retreatBy MARCELO DE SOUSA and TATIANA POLASTRI October 10, 2020, 9:57 PM• 4 min readRIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil’s count of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 150,000 on Saturday night, despite signs the pandemic is slowly retreating in Latin America's largest nation.The Brazilian Health Ministry reported that the death toll now stands at 150,198. The figure is the world’s second highest behind the United States, according to the tally maintained by Johns Hopkins University.The milestone has rekindled the pain of Naiane Moura, a sales consultant, who lost her father Elivaldo to COVID-19 in April. The 58-year-old postman had no prior illness and battled COVID-19 for seven days in a public hospital