According to official figures, the coronavirus cases in Brazil have now overtaken those of Spain and Italy.
The recent development means the outbreak in Brazil is now the fourth largest in the world after the country’s health ministry confirmed 14,919 cases in 24 hours, bringing the total to 233,142, behind the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
Brazil has conducted just about a fraction of coronavirus tests seen in the aforementioned three nations.
The figures could spell trouble and mount more pressure for Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who lost his second health minister in a month on Friday.
President Bolsonaro has ignored health experts and continued to use drugs that have not been proved effective against COVID-19.
Reports reveal that the nation’s leader has publicly attacked state governors who have introduced quarantine measures to combat the virus.
Despite the large numbers of people who have died from the virus, Bolsonaro previously described it as “light flu”.
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