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Brazil records 600,000 coronavirus deaths amid drop in cases

More than 12,000 children orphaned by pandemic

Gabriel Toueg   | 09.10.2021
Brazil records 600,000 coronavirus deaths amid drop in cases ( Fabio Teixeira - Anadolu Agency )

SAO PAULO

Brazil on Friday surpassed the 600,000 death mark since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic amid a significant and gradual reduction in the number of cases. 

The first case was registered in March 2020. Since then, 600,077 people have died from the disease.

The data was released by the Press Consortium, a group of media outlets that collects numbers from states’ health departments since the Health Ministry changed its counting system to hide figures.

The Ministry said 600,425 deaths have been recorded.

Brazil registered 21,533,752 cases but those numbers are considered lower than the actual figure since the country has not adopted an effective policy for testing its population.

Experts point to underreporting in the numbers of deaths and cases.

One of the most terrifying numbers released Friday is that at least 12,211 children up to age 6 have been orphaned by the pandemic -- boys and girls who lost their fathers, mothers or both to the virus, according to an association that gathers information form notary offices across the country.

The survey only took into account children in that age group because since 2015, newborns have had their document number registered on their birth certificate, which facilitated the crossing of information with deceased parents’ documents. The actual number, therefore, could be much higher, according to the association.​​​​​​​

On average, 438 daily deaths are currently registered, which represents an 18.1% drop compared to 14 days ago and the lowest number since November 2020.

In June, when Brazil reached the 500,000 deaths mark, the average was 2,000 every 24 hours. The number of cases is also decreasing by 55.8% compared to two weeks ago.

Experts attribute it to the more optimistic scenario to the advancement of vaccination but the delta variant is still a concern, they said.

Started in January, vaccination has reached 71.8% of the population with the first dose and 45.6% with the full immunization cycle. Less than 1% have received a booster.

Brazil is ranked third with the highest daily average of new deaths in the world, behind the US and Russia. It is also second with more deaths, after the US, which has surpassed 700,000 victims.


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