Brazil’s Political Instability and Rising COVID-19 Cases

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In all regions of the planet within the last year, the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted individuals in a plethora of ways. The number of new cases appeared to be decreasing in most countries until recent months. In Brazil, there has been a surge in the number of Coronavirus cases. 

“Some 66,570 people in Brazil died of Covid-19 in March, more than double the previous monthly record, figures show,” according to BBC news. 

 

This graph shows the daily coronavirus deaths in Brazil. Graph derived from bbc.com.

 

As a result of the rising Covid-19 numbers, citizens of Brazil have begun to criticize the current health system. This placed the Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, under intense criticism and has also caused him to be hit by high-profile resignations during the last week of March. President Bolonsaro has not been supportive of the lockdown measures imposed by local governors and mayors because he believes that the citizens should not be staying at home; unemployment has been a serious issue and the country cannot afford citizens to remain at home. 

“No other nation that experienced such a major outbreak is still grappling with record-setting death tolls and a health care system on the brink of collapse,” according to The New York Times.

Brazil is battling a more contagious variant of Covid-19 which has played a significant role in the spread. The variant initially started in one major city, Manaus, and then spread to other cities. This variant also appears to be able to infect those who have already recovered from other variants of the virus. Recent trials of the vaccine indicate that it can protect citizens against severe illness but it cannot prevent infection of the variant.

While Brazil experienced this significant increase in Covid-19 cases, it seems that the numbers will soon decrease once again. The country should be in better health once there is a better understanding of the new variant and better restrictions are in place.