Brazil has become on Thursday the third country in the world deploring the most deaths from the coronavirus. The last balance-sheet of the ministry of Health reported 34 021 deaths and 614 941 confirmed cases, with 1 473 deaths recorded since Wednesday evening, knowing that the official figures are largely underestimated, according to experts. It is a new record of deaths daily for the largest country in Latin America for the third consecutive day, after 1 349 deaths Wednesday and 1 262 Tuesday.

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The ministry’s figures have been broadcast only after 22: 00, Thursday 4 June, without any explanation on this late hour has been provided. They were communicated from 17h00 at the beginning of the pandemic. With 212 million inhabitants, Brazil has a population three times larger than that of Italy, the former epicenter of the pandemic in Europe and he has exceeded in number of deaths (33 689 deaths in Italy). Brazil deplores, however, 153 the dead of Covid-19 per million inhabitants, compared to 557,2 for Italy or 587,8 for the United Kingdom.

Bolsonaro critical always containment

The United States remains the country with the most deaths, with more than 108 000 deaths officially registered, ahead of the Uk (over 39 000), according to data from the Johns Hopkins university. With 29 065 death, France is the fifth country the most affected. Even if the curves of the pandemic remain on the rise, the president Jair Bolsonaro continues to advocate the return to normal economic activity, challenging the containment measures taken by the governors of the States.

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It has been nearly three weeks that Brazil no longer has a minister of Health, since the resignation of Nelson Teich, replaced on an interim basis by Eduardo Pazuello, a general active. The State of Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous of the country, remains the worst affected, with 8 560 people dead and 129 of 200 confirmed cases, in front of Rio de Janeiro (6 327 dead and 60 032-infected persons). These two States have, however, started this week a gradual recovery of economic activity. The situation remains critical in poor countries of the North, such as the Amazonas (2 183 dead), and Para (3 416), or the North-east, such as Ceara (3 813) or Pernambuco (3 124).

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