Article image Brazil surges to second in coronavirus cases worldwide

Cheryl Sanders
May 23, 2020

Russian Federation moves down to third in the world for the number of coronavirus infections with 326,448 cases, including 3249 deaths. The outbreak of an infection may be very excessive on this Latin American nation.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, who is from Botswana, said: "For now COVID-19 has made a soft landfall in Africa, and the continent has been spared the high numbers of deaths which have devastated other regions of the world".

A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world's most unequal region even as the pandemic's march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States.

"We have seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases", World Health Organization emergencies director Mike Ryan told a virtual news conference.

Rio de Janeiro Brazil became the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases on Friday second only to the United States after it confirmed that 3,30,890 people had been infected by the virus overtaking Russia the Health Ministry said. Brazil registere

While the mayor of Rio de Janeiro said he wants to gradually reopen non-essential shops in the next few days, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported Friday that Sao Paulo was reevaluating its previously announced plans to reopen commerce and instead may enter lockdown. Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergencies expert, speaking earlier to a news conference, said: "In a sense South America has become a new epicenter for the disease".

As the toll mounts, grave-diggers at a cemetrey outside Sao Paulo were scrambling to keep up.

"What's perverse is that a lot of the people who are exposing themselves to the virus are doing it because they don't have a choice".

In Washington, President Trump is pushing for the country to reopen as he tries to reverse an economic free fall playing out months before he faces reelection.


Russian officials have defended the country's data on deaths despite claims they were being under-reported.

An outdoor, drive-in church service forced by the coronavirus pandemic in April at the First Baptist Church in Plaistow, New Hampshire.

As governors generally have the power to order openings and closings, it was not clear whether Trump had any authority to force them to remove restrictions on worship services.

With this, Brazil has overtaken Russian Federation in circumstances of corona virus an infection.


Britain confirmed yesterday that it would impose a 14-day quarantine on global arrivals in addition to its ongoing social distancing rules.

Britain confirms to impose a 14-day quarantine on worldwide arrivals in addition to its ongoing social distancing rules.

Serbia said, meanwhile, that the Exit Festival in Novi Sad - one of Europe's biggest music events - could go ahead in August as planned, and in Italy Florence's famous Duomo cathedral reopened to the public.


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