Brazil’s Bolsonaro says there is ‘no national lockout’ despite Kovid’s death record


RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s President Jair Bolonaro said Wednesday that its largest number in the nation, within 24 hours of Kovid-19 deaths, began a day after it ignored “no national lockdown” by health experts Will happen.

Brazil’s Ministry of Health recorded 4,195 deaths on Tuesday, becoming the third country to go above that threshold as Bolsonaro’s political opponents called for stricter measures to slow the spread of the virus.

“We are not going to accept this politics of staying home and shutting everything down,” Bolsonaro said, protesting the pressure in a speech in the city of Chepeco in the state of Santa Catarina. “There will be no national lockout.”

The conservative president of Brazil also defended the use of so-called early treatment protocols, including the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine. No scientific studies have found the drug effective to prevent or treat Kovid-19.

“There is not enough vaccine in the world today. We need to find alternatives.

The number of deaths in virus-linked CHAPCO has finally come down after some very difficult weeks. Intensive care units had exceeded capacity, forcing authorities to transfer infected patients to hospitals in other states.

Last month, the city implemented some restrictions on the economy for two weeks, but Bolsonaro attributed Chepeco’s recent success to the use of early treatment protocols, the newspaper Estado reported.

In an open letter published Tuesday in the newspaper O Globo, the Brazilian Association of Collective Health, which counts about 20,000 members, called for a three-week nationwide shutdown.

“The severe epidemiological situation leading to the collapse of the health system in many states requires immediate adoption without hesitation,” the statement said.

The occupation rate of intensive care units is above 90% in most Brazilian states, although figures have been stable since the past week.

The Supreme Court is today ruling on the reopening of religious buildings across the country. Many local authorities decided to ban large religious gatherings despite the decision by the federal government to label them as part of essential services.

“There is no Christianity without community life,” Brazilian Solicitor General André Mendonca made an argument before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. “True Christians are never willing to murder for their faith, but they are always willing to die to guarantee freedom of religion and worship.”

Preliminary results of an ongoing study involving 67,700 health workers in Manaus, where a more infectious version of Kovid-19 was detected this year, confirmed earlier findings that China’s Synovac is effective against the vaccine virus. The press release published on Wednesday noted a 50% efficacy rate after administration of only one of the two doses of the vaccine.

The study has not yet been published or peer reviewed. Several health experts, in consultation with the Associated Press, said that it was not possible to properly evaluate preliminary findings without access to the study’s methodology and full results, but all agreed to say it was promising.

The study includes researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health, and the Brazilian state-run Focruz Institute.

In its own preliminary study, the Butanton Institute of São Paulo also found in March that the vaccine was effective against the P1 variant.

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