Brazil deep into ‘biological Fukushima’

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Brazil registered over 4,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday alone, as the epidemic turns into what one expert calls a “biological Fukushima”, news wires reported. The exponential surge in the Latin American country is set to surpass the numbers seen within the US in January, when almost 80,000 people died from the disease.

"It’s a nuclear reactor that has set off a chain reaction and is out of control. It’s a biological Fukushima," said Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, cited by Bloomberg.  The South American country is the third to claim the gruesome title of seeing over 4000 covid deaths in one day, with only the USA and Peru registering the same numbers do far.

The virus is now overwhelming Brazilian hospitals, with 19,301 new cases of covid in the last week alone. This surge in cases, which is not just in Brazil, but across the whole of South America, is being attributed to the ‘Brazil-variant’ of Covid-19, which is thought to be twice as transmissible than the original one.

Since the start of the pandemic, the country has seen 13.1 million cases of the disease, and 337 000 deaths. It is the country with the second-highest number of confirmed cases after the US. 90% of Intensive care beds in most Brazilian states are being used by Covid-19 patients, with hundreds dying as they wait for care and basic supplies such as oxygen and sedatives are running out in several states.

However, despite this worsening crisis, many governors, mayors and judges are reopening parts of the economy.

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