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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.
The mayor of Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo, has said its health system could could fall in as demand grows for emergency beds to deal with coronavirus pandemic.
Bruno Covas said the city’s public hospitals has get as far as 90% and could run out of space in about two weeks.
São Paulo is one of the country’s worst-hit regions, with almost 3,000 deaths so far.
On Saturday, Brazil surpass Spain and Italy to become the nation with the fourth largest number of infections.
The health ministry confirmed 7,938 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the toll above 241,000. Only the US, Russia and the UK have higher numbers.
The number of death in the Latin American nation over 24 hours was 485, meaning that the toll of deaths is 16,118 – the world’s fifth-highest figure.
Health experts in Brazil have alerted that the real number of recorded infections in the country may be far higher than the official records, due to a lack of testing.
Mr Covas said he was now in calamity talks with the state governor over bringing forward a strict lockdown to try to slow the contagion before hospitals were overwhelmed.
The governor of São Paulo state controls the police, and his support will be of great importance if a lockdown is to be victorious.
São Paulo has the population of about 12 million, and official figures show that the majority of inhabitants have been going against social distancing rules.
Brazil’s health minister has step down after less than a month in the job following arguments over of the government’s dealing of the country’s spreading coronavirus dilemma.
Nelson Teich had find fault with a decree put forward by President Jair Bolsonaro permitting gyms and beauty parlours to resume work.
Though, he gave no ground for his stepping down at a press conference.
His antecedent was removed after contradicting with Mr Bolsonaro.
The extreme-right president is still keeping on to oppose lockdown measures.
He has lessoned the virus as “a little flu” and has said the escalation of Covid-19 cannot be stopped, attracting global condemnation.
Brazil has lately burst past Germany and France in terms of its coronavirus toll, becoming one of the world’s threatened vwith not less than 200,000 cases. The latest daily figures on Thursday showed 844 new deaths reported, bringing the official death toll to 14,000.
At his news conference, Mr Teich did not bring forward why he had stepped down. He just thanked President Bolsonaro for giving him the privilege to serve as a minister as he praised healthcare workers.
But there is still a clashed between him and the president over many aspects of how the government has tackled the spiralling epidemic.