More than a thousand people have succumbed to Covid-19 in the United States and Brazil in twenty-four hours, on an American continent where the pandemic is still progressing rapidly.
Considered the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Brazil experienced its third daily death toll on Thursday 28 May, with 1,156 deaths, for a total of 26,754.
Some 26,417 new infections have been reported, for a total of 438,238, according to the Ministry of Health of the second most infected country in the world, behind the United States.
The South American giant, the sixth most bereaved country on the planet, is now close to Spain and France (27,119 and 28,662 respectively), according to an AFP count stopped Thursday at 7 p.m. GMT.
Tensions around the confinement between Bolsonaro and the governors
Compared to its population of 210 million inhabitants, the figures for Brazil are less disastrous than other countries, with 125 deaths per million inhabitants, against more than 300 in the United States and 580 in Spain.
But scientists estimate that the official figures could actually be fifteen times lower than the reality, since the tests are not carried out in a massive way.
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The pandemic is progressing in Brazil in a climate of exacerbated tensions between the governors, in favor of containment measures, and President Jair Bolsonaro, who considers them as an economic ruin.
Most states have imposed partial containment measures, although some have already started to relax them or have announced they will do so soon. The health system in some cases reaches saturation.
Condolences from Donald Trump
For their part, the United States recorded on Thursday 1,297 new deaths from coronavirus in 24 hours, according to the daily count of Johns-Hopkins University, which refers.
This brings to 101,573 the total number of deaths deplored in the country, by far the most bereaved by the pandemic, the symbolic mark of 100,000 deaths having been crossed the day before.
After tweeting and retweeting more than forty times on other subjects since the crossing of this threshold, without referring to it, President Donald Trump expressed his condolences on Thursday to the relatives of those who died of the virus.
We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000. To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
Since the first death of Covid-19 announced in late February, the United States has recorded more than 1.7 million cases, according to the count continuously updated by Johns-Hopkins University.
Experts, including immunologist Anthony Fauci, adviser to the White House, agree, however, that these official reports are likely to be below reality.
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