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Fri Jun 19, 2020, 05:15 PM

Brazil to exceed 1 million COVID-19 cases as virus rages

Brazil was on track to surpass 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, with total deaths fast approaching 50,000 as the country struggles with a tense political climate and worsening economic outlook.

It has spread relentlessly across the continent-sized country, eroding support for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and raising fears of economic collapse after years of anemic growth.

The true extent of the outbreak in Brazil far exceeds official figures released after 6 p.m. (2100 GMT) on most evenings, according to many experts, who cite a lack of widespread testing in the country as a factor adding to many uncertainties about the disease.

“That number of 1 million is much less than the real number of people who have been infected, because there is under-reporting of a magnitude of five to ten times,” said Alexandre Naime Barbosa, a medical professor at the São Paulo State University.

The true number is probably at least 3 million and could even be as high as 10 million people.”

At: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-brazil-idUSKBN23Q35R

São Paulo pedestrians throng a downtown shopping area on June 10th as the city re-opened amid the ongoing pandemic - partly due to pressure from President Jair Bolsonaro.

Brazil's new daily Covid-19 cases have exceeded the United States' for 15 of the last 23 days - despite testing rates of roughly one eighth that of the U.S.

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Judi Lynn Jun 2020 #1

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Sat Jun 20, 2020, 11:54 AM

1. Bolsonaro is going like wildfire, isn't he? They started counting theirs late, too.

209.5 million (2018)

328.2 million (2019)

We remember Bolsonaro and Trump both are resistant to the concept of finding and sharing the truth about the toll Covid-19 have taken in their countries. Bolsonaro has also imitated Trump by refusing to wear his mask in public a lot, and also in dragging himself out to mingle with his fans, trying to fan the flames of affection for him.

Love that photo. It shows masks ARE being worn by the citizens, in spite of Bolsonaro.

Brazil came from far behind and has been climbing rapidly to get to where it is today. The people owe it to themselves to elect someone else next time. They can't afford this idiot.

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