COVID-19 in Brazil, July

Brazil // 30 July, 2020

Over 2.5 million cases have been confirmed, with over 90,000 deaths.

See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 page

30 July: Over the past week there has been a 15% increase in new cases with over 300,000 more infections. Brazil’s outbreak set a national daily record on Wednesday with 69,074 new confirmed cases and 1,595 related deaths. In the past 24 hours Brazil recorded more than 40,000 additional confirmed cases as well as 921 deaths.

Parana state and Chinese drug company Sinopharm have agreed to undertake the fourth major COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil. Regulatory approval will be sought in the next two weeks. Parana state has registered over 70,000 cases and is currently experiencing an increase in virus activity causing health systems in some cities to be at capacity or overloaded.

27 July: The number of infections soared to over 2.4 million with over 130,000 new cases and 3,000 deaths over the past 3 days. Brazil, along with the U.S and India account for almost half of all confirmed cases globally. The country has registered over 1.61 million recoveries so far. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested negative for the virus on the weekend. This was his fourth COVID-19 test since being diagnosed in early July. There are growing infections in the remote villages in the Amazon. In the past 4 months, the epidemic has traveled from the biggest city in the Brazilian Amazon, Manaus, to isolated villages deep in the interior. Health care facilities servicing these areas are buckling under the pressure.

24 July: Transmission activity is increasing in some states, particularly in the South, North and Midwest. Other states are stable or have reported a decreasing trend. Transmission rate in the cities of Rio de Janerio and Sao Paulo is stable. Overall, there is increasing demand on healthcare facilities with some facilities at or near capacity. The Cities of Curitiba, Belem Cuiaba and Campo Grande are reporting ICU bed capacity at overload or collapse in both public and private sectors.

23 July: Cases continue to climb in Brazil with a total of 2,227,514 cases and 82,771 deaths recorded yesterday. In Sao Paulo, infections have increased in the interior of the state. Sao Paulo state has now reported over 400,000 cases including 20,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Media report a third positive COVID-19 test for President Jair Bolsonaro and two more government ministers testing positive for the virus.

A third prospective vaccine (developed by Pfizer and BioNTech) has been approved to hold trials in Brazil. The study expects 29,000 volunteers worldwide and 500 tests in the Braziliian states of Sao aulo and Bahia.

A new measure was published this week requiring all COVID-19 test data, positive and negative, from public and private labs to be reported to the Health Ministry.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) reopened its training centres on Tuesday.

20 July: Brazil registered 23,529 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 716 new deaths on Sunday. Cases have now risen to 2,098,389 while deaths total at 79,488. Increasing shortages of hospital ICU beds have been reported in public and private hospitals in several states including: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Parana, Sergipe and Bahia.

Many health workers, assigned to care for Brazil’s Indigenous people have tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed remote communities to the virus. Infections in health workers could indicate lack of Personal Protective Equipment. Some health organisations have reported more than 15,500 Indigenous Brazilians confirmed to be infected, including at least 10,889 living in protected territories.

19 July: The total number of COVID-19 case surpasses two million. WHO has indicated that the overall trend in the country is no longer exponential, it is plateauing and now is the opportunity for Brazil should be taking control of the outbreak.

16 July: There is a sustained surge of new confirmed COVID-19 cases and associated deaths. Many states are experience overwhelmed health systems bordering on collapse. The Brazilian president is reported to have tested positive for the COVID-19 for a second time.

12 July: Overnight another 1,071 deaths have been recorded in Brazil, the toll now stands at 71,469, the second-highest in the world. Authorities also said that they recorded another 39,023 Covid-19 cases, bringing the nationwide total to 1,839,850 since the pandemic began.

Media are reporting other negative effects of the pandemic such as food security for tens of millions of people living in poverty.

In Brazil, there have been limited nationwide guidelines for primary health care services in the COVID-19 response. There are more than 286, 000 Community Health Workers (CHWs) in Brazil who provide care within their territory, including making house visits. However, due to CHWs not being considered health professionals, only about 9% have been reported to have received adequate infection control training and personal protective equipment (PPE). Some COVID-19 deaths of CHWs has been documented, but it is estimated that many more have died and have not been officially registered. Additionally, CHWs have been threatened and the target of aggression in some territories where they work. CHWs in Brazil “call on the Brazilian Government and the global health community to recognise and support the role of CHWs in the COVID-19 response and to ensure their health and safety.”

9 July: Brazil has exceeded 1.7 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 67,964 deaths. In the last 24 hours, the country registered 44,571 new cases and an additional 1,223 deaths. Currently there are at least 495,000 active cases, of which over 8,000 are serious or critical.

8 July: Over 65,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 1,800 deaths have been recorded in the past 48 hours. Among the cases is the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. The Northeast and Southeast regions remain heavily affected with São Paulo worst hit.

6 July: The Ministry of Health has registered over 150,000 new cases and 4000 deaths in the last 4 days. Cases of COVID-19 now surpass 1.6 million including over 64,000 deaths. Brazilian health regulators have approved clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, developed by China. Approximately 9,000 volunteers have been registered so far, to test the vaccine conducted by 12 research centers in six Brazilian states: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Brasilia, Rio Grande do Sul and Parana, according to Doria.

2 July: 46,712 new cases and 1,038 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The total case count is now 1,448,753 and total deaths now stand at 60,632. Public health officials are also reporting 826,866 people have recovered. The country’s capacity for COVID-19 testing has expanded by 869% since the beginning of the pandemic. Secretary of Health Surveillance, Arnaldo Correia de Medeiros stated: "With an increasingly early diagnosis, it will be possible to have a better perception of the patient's clinical condition, increasing the chances of intervention and treatment at the discretion of the doctor."

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