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40 Days in Brazil

Forty thousand Brazilians have died of the coronavirus in the past 40 days.

OFFICIAL/CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS DEATHS

ITALY SPAIN FRANCE UK BRAZIL
14th Feb. 0 0 0 0 0
14th Mar. 1441 195 91 21 0
14th Apr. 21,067 18,056 15,729 12,107 1,532
14th May
31,368 27,321 27,425 33,614 13,993
14th June 34,345 27,136 29,407 41,698 43,389

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:

7 am screenshot, 24 June 2020, Worldometers.info/coronavirus (click)

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.

 

 

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