Brazil added this Monday 179 new deaths related to the COVID-19 and accumulates 160,253 in total, on a day marked by the tributes to the victims of the pandemic in different cities on the occasion of the Day of the Dead.
According to the latest bulletin of the Ministry of Health, the number of infected due to the disease rose to 5,554,206, after registering 8,501 cases in the last 24 hours.
High risk due to the pandemic
This Monday was the second consecutive day that the country reported fewer than 200 daily deaths associated with the new coronavirus, although during weekends and holidays the figures are usually lower due to less activity in laboratories and public bodies
Despite the slowdown that the pandemic In recent weeks, Brazil, with a population of 212 million inhabitants, continues to be the second country with the highest number of deaths, only behind the United States, and the third with the most infected, after the United States and India.
The risk of contagion is still very high in the South American country, since it has an incidence rate of 2,643 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the death rate it now stands at 76.3 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
Tribute to the victims
Also, health authorities Brazilians are investigating another 2,355 deaths that could have been caused by COVID-19. The Ministry of Health also highlighted that 4,998,408 patients have already recovered from the disease, representing 90% of the total.
The Brazilian state with the worst numbers is Sao Paulo, the most populated and industrialized in the country, by accounting for 1,117,795 confirmed cases and 39,346 deaths associated with the new coronavirus.
On the occasion of Day of the DeadSome of the cities most affected by the health crisis, such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, held tributes in memory of the victims of the pandemic.
In Sao Paulo, the sirens of 32 ambulances sounded for a minute in the center of the city and sixteen historical monuments wore a black band in mourning sign.
Divine help for the vaccine
In Rio de Janeiro, Archbishop Orani Tempesta lit a “flame of hope” in a cemetery in the capital of Rio de Janeiro to enlighten scientists seeking a vaccine against COVID-19 and inaugurated an outdoor memorial to connect spiritually with the deceased.
Nísia Trindade, president of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), an institution that coordinates the trials of the potential vaccine developed by the British pharmaceutical company in Brazil AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.
Trindade told reporters that she hopes the immunization process begins in the country “in the first quarter of 2021”, once the vaccine is approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), linked to the Ministry of Health.
This Day of the Dead was also marked by the sanitary restrictions still in force in many of the 27 Brazilian states and that also affect cemeteries, in many of which only entry with a mask and previous analysis of body temperature was allowed.
Not so in the city of Manaus (north), which months ago had its ssanitary and funeral services collapsed by the pandemic and where visits to cemeteries are still suspended and entry is only allowed for burials.
The capital of the state of Amazonas was the first large city in the country to be overwhelmed. He even went as far as to bury his deceased in common pits and had to deal with a shortage of caskets. In recent weeks there has been a rebound in COVID-19 cases that forced local authorities to impose new restrictions on mobility.