Brazil today surpassed the 15 million cases (15,003,563) of infection with the new coronavirus, after having counted 73,380 positive diagnoses in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health.
The South American country, with 212 million inhabitants and one of the most affected worldwide by the pandemic, took just over 14 months to reach 15 million infections.
After the United States and India, Brazil is the second country in the world with the most positive cases of covid-19 in absolute numbers.
Regarding the number of deaths, the South American nation approaches 417 thousand fatalities (416,949), after having added 2,550 deaths between Wednesday and today, according to the last epidemiological bulletin spread by the tutelage of Health.
São Paulo, the focus of the pandemic in the country, is the state with the highest number of infections (2,969,680), followed by Minas Gerais (1,396,534), Rio Grande do Sul (995,734) and Paraná (970,957).
The federative units that concentrate the most deaths are São Paulo (99,406), Rio de Janeiro (45,914), Minas Gerais (35,165) and Rio Grande do Sul (25,668).
At a time when the Brazilian Congress fears that the controversial insinuations against China made on Wednesday by the President, Jair Bolsonaro, will harm the acquisition of vaccines, the Chinese Government said today that it opposes the “politicization and stigmatization of the virus”, without refer directly to the South American country.
Asked by the AFP agency about Bolsonaro’s statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin avoided directly citing the Brazilian head of state, but defended cooperation between countries in the fight against the pandemic.
“The virus is humanity’s common enemy. The urgent task now is to bring all countries together in anti-epidemic cooperation and in an effort for an early and complete victory over the pandemic. We are firmly opposed to any attempt to politicize and stigmatize the virus. “the Chinese spokesman, quoted by the newspaper O Globo, told AFP.
At a public ceremony on Wednesday in Brasilia, Bolsonaro, without explicitly mentioning China, hinted that the new coronavirus may have been created in the laboratory for a “chemical war”.
“It is a new virus, nobody knows if it was born in the laboratory or it was born because a human being ingested an inappropriate animal. But it is there. The military know that it is chemical, bacteriological and radiological warfare. Are we not facing a new war?” , declared Bolsonaro.
The Brazilian president also questioned “which country” whose GDP (Gross Domestic Product) “grew the most” during the pandemic.
Later, the head of state stressed that he “did not speak the word China” in his controversial speech.
However, lawmakers fear that the statements of the leader of the Brazilian extreme right may upset the Asian country and harm the import of raw material necessary for the manufacture in Brazil of the vaccine developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, the most used so far in the Brazilian campaign. immunization against the disease.
A pandemic covid-19 caused at least 3,244,598 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 155.1 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
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