Brazil confirms third-highest Covid-19 infection level
Brazil has become the country with the third-highest number of recorded coronavirus infections in the world, after reaching a total of more than 250,000 cases.
Experts say inadequate testing might mean that the real figure in Brazil could be 15 times higher than it is.
The country’s ‘far-right’ president, Jair Bolsonaro, has abandoned the risks and compared Covid-19 to “a little flu”.
His handling of the Covid-19 escalation- which has included calls for lockdowns put forward by state governors to be lifted – has led to backlash and the resignation of Health Minister Nelson Teich last week.
Mr Teich’s predecessor, Luiz Mandetta, was dismissed by President Bolsonaro after the two men clash over social distancing measures.
But Mr Bolsonaro’s attention is on lessening economic disruption has been welcomed by many supporters who have put forward anti-lockdown rallies, some of which the president attended.
Brazil now has not less than a quarter of a million recorded cases. More than 16,000 Covid-19 patients have died, the sixth-highest number of deaths in the world.