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Pandemic in Brazil seems to have stabilized – WHO

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On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Brazil, the second worst hit country in the World seems to have stabilized and transmissions seems to have slowed down.

WHO Dr. Michael Ryan said, ‘In general, the trend in Brazil is stable or downwards.. and that needs to keep going.’ He continued, ‘There is a clear downward trend in many parts of Brazil. The question is, is this a lull? Can this be continued?’

The number of weekly infections in the country have stabilized and according to Dr.Ryan, there is less transmission and less pressure in intensive care units.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro who was himself infected with the virus, dismissed the virus as a ‘little flu’ and was heavily criticized for not trying to contain the virus. The result was devastating, with 3,536,488 cases and 113,454 deaths since the pandemic began.

Dr. Ryan urged caution and even though cases have decreased, Brazil still reports around 30,000-50,000 cases and 1000 deaths a day. This is sufficient enough to understand that it is not over yet. Some regions in Brazil reported increases, but this was met by decreases in other regions.

Dr. Micheal Ryan said, ‘Any success for Brazil is a success for the World.’

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