Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
Forty thousand Brazilians have died of the coronavirus in the past 40 days.
OFFICIAL/CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS DEATHS
Since early this year commentators have erred in two ways. First, they insisted the pandemic was no big deal. Just the flu. Nothing to worry about. Many of these same people have now spent months confidently declaring the pandemic over.
But one country, or one continent, is not the entire world. Much depends on geography, the medical system, and financial resources. Much depends on luck.
In mid-May, official Brazilian statistics indicated that country had experienced roughly half the coronavirus deaths that had befallen Europe’s four hardest-hit nations.
But on May 29th, Brazil overtook Spain.
On May 30th, it overtook France.
On June 4th, it overtook Italy.
And on June 12th, its death toll surpassed that of the UK.
According to data available to us at this juncture, the only country in which COVID-19 has killed more people is the US. As of 7 am this morning, the numbers were:
Since mid-May 38,778 Brazilians have perished. Forty thousand families have lost grandparents, mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.
So much can change in 40 days.