COVID-19 : Brazil deaths reach 100 000, SA records over 10 000

By ZBC Reporter

BRAZIL’s death toll from COVID-19 passed 100 000 on Saturday and continue to climb as most Brazilian cities reopen shops and dining even though the pandemic has yet to peak.

Confronting its most lethal outbreak since the Spanish flu a century ago, Brazil reported its first cases of the novel coronavirus at the end of February.

The virus took three months to kill 50 000 people, and just 50 days to kill the next 50 000.

Brazilians have met the grim milestone with a shrug.

“We should be living in despair because this is a tragedy like a world war. But Brazil is under collective anaesthesia,” said Dr José Davi Urbaez, a senior member of the Infectious Diseases Society.

The health ministry on Saturday reported 49 970 new confirmed cases and 905 deaths in the last 24 hours, raising the number of cases to more than 3 million and the death toll to 100 477.

Brazil’s Supreme Court and Congress respectively declared three and four days of national mourning for the 100 000 dead.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 death toll in South Africa has risen by 301, taking the total past the 10 000 mark, according to Saturday’s update from Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

The death toll now sits at 10 210, while the cumulative number of cases is now at 553 188.

The latest recorded deaths were broken down as follows: 39 from Eastern Cape; 23 from Gauteng; 154 from KwaZulu-Natal; 22 from the Western Cape; 21 from North West; 5 from Northern Cape and 37 from Limpopo.

Mkhize said the current recovery rate of people who contracted the virus was now at 73%, after a total of 404 568 people recovered so far.

Mkhize said to date, 3 220 265 tests were conducted, with 36 607 being recent.