Covid-19: Omicron sees increase in Brazil as Bolsonaro downplays threat

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been rude and aggressive to restrictions and has propagated misinformation about the virus since the pandemic emerged, has largely brushed aside the huge increase

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Brazil is undergoing an Omicron variant-fueled significant increase in Covid-19 infections, which has seen cases double in a week, regardless of the fact that they were originally assumed to be enormously underreported.

President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been rude and aggressive toward restrictions and has propagated misinformation about the virus since the pandemic emerged, has largely brushed aside the huge increase, which has put strains on the country’s hospital system and endangers the already lagging economy.

According to information from Johns Hopkins University, cases reported had nearly increased over the past week, with the moving average for the past seven days moving from more than 63,292 on the previous Thursday to 97,945.

Due to a lack of tests and questionable systems for accounting and public dissemination of information, experts genuinely think the actual number is much higher.

Meanwhile, death rates were around 160 per day, far lower than during previous surges in the Latin American country, which averaged over 3,000 per day in March 2021. More than 620,000 deaths were reported in Brazil as a result of COVID-19 infection.

The head of the Brazilian Medical Assiciation (AMB), Cesar Eduardo Fernandes, while talking to Reuters said

If you don’t know a friend who’s got the virus at the moment, it means you don’t have any friends,The situation is worrying and it is possible some services will collapse.

Despite warning symptoms that COVID-19 generated by the Omicron variant has milder signs than its predecessors, hospitals in brazil have discovered cases after staff members were infected and isolated following exposure.

Meanwhile, the variant is wreaking havoc on the economy, with the National Association of Restaurants in Brazil stating that 85 percent of its members are experiencing worker shortages, accounting for around 20% of the overall workforce.

Due to a manpower shortfall, airlines Azul SA and Latam Airlines Group were compelled to postpone flights, resulting in prolonged waits at various airports.

To minimize the effect, the Ministry of Health shortened the quarantine time for asymptomatic COVID-19 individuals from ten days to seven days this week.

Officials believed that the country’s vaccination initiative, which has seen 67 percent of the population fully immunised so far, would also contribute to relieve burdens in the future.

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