COVID-19 in Brazil, June

Brazil // 25 June, 2020

At least 1,188,631 cases have been confirmed, with over 53,830 deaths.

See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 page and the Government COVID-19 case notification website.

24 June: In the past 24 hours the Brazil Ministry of Health registered 42,725 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total to 1,188,631, including 53,830 deaths. The Northeast and Southeast regions remain the worst affected. The impact of COVID-19 on Brazil has been highly significant and with that, an additional R$39.3 billion has been allocated "to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), provide COVID-19 diagnostic tests, rent ICU beds, produce medicines, purchase monitors and fans, remuneration of health professions, temporary hiring of health professionals, among others."

21 June: Brazil now has a total of 1,085,038 confirmed cases and 50,617 deaths, up from 49,976 on Saturday. Brazil is recording around 1000 deaths a day. Some authorities believe the numbers of cases could be lot higher because of a lack of widespread testing. The Northeast and Southeast regions of the country remain the worst affected with two thirds of the cases.

20 June: Brazil registered a record 54,771 cases and 1,206 fatalities on Friday, bringing the total to 1,032,913 and 48,954 deaths. To date, about 12 percent of infections in Brazil involved healthcare workers. Cases appear to be moving inland and into poorer regions while more cities lift restrictions, there is growing concern by some authorities of a new surge.

After a spike of COVID-19 cases at food plants, the Brazilian government published new guidelines for meatpackers on Friday. Guidelines include keeping workers at least one metre apart; 14 day monitoring of people with symptoms; and tracking workers who came in contact with affected employees. Other officials have called for expansion of the guidelines to reflect more details relating to use of face masks, physical distancing and testing protocols.

19 June: The nation has now confirmed over 1 million cases, joining the United States as the only two countries with more than a million known COVID-19 infections. In the past day, the nation has reported more than 55,000 new infections. The previous daily record, set earlier this week, was just under 35,000 new cases.

18 June: Cases and deaths continue. Brazil recorded 1,269 additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its official death toll from the to 46,510. The Ministry of Health (MOH) has published “ Guidelines for the Management of Patients with covid-19 ”, a guide for the care of patients from the first encounter with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, to hospital discharge.The target audience is health professionals and managers. The MOH has also issued new guidelines for the use of medicines. The use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, in the early treatment of patients with Covid-19 is included.

Fires in the Amazon rain-forest could further contribute to already overwhelmed health systems and potentially lead to poorer outcomes due to the air pollution worsening respiratory conditions.

Brazilian football will start up again in Rio de Janeiro this week after a three-month halt to the competition due to COVID-19.

16 June: Transmission of COVID-19 is not slowing down in Brazil. Brazil has the world’s second worst outbreak after the United States. COVID-19 deaths are surging as the resumption of economic activities continues. Brazil accounts for over 20% of the approximate 3.8 million COVID-19 cases in the Americas and over 20% of the 200,000 plus deaths recorded.

14 June: The nation now has the second-highest death toll from the virus, with the United States remaining firmly at the top. The health ministry says the mortality rate is around 5 percent.

11 June: Brazil has resumed publishing cumulative totals of COVID-19 cases and deaths after the Supreme Court judge ordered the government to release the information. The total of cases is 802,828 and 40,919 deaths. On the Rio’s Copacabana beach, Brazilians dug 100 graves and stuck black crosses in the sand in a tribute to the nearly 40,000 people who have died so far. Brazil’s most populous state Sao Paulo reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths for the second day running on Wednesday. At the same time shops were resuming business and preparations made to reopen its malls.

10 June: In the past 24 hours, Brazil has recorded over 33,000 new COVID-19 cases and over 1,200 new deaths bringing the total number of cases to, 742,084 and deaths to, 38,497. Furthermore, a Brazilian supreme court judge has ordered the Brazilian president "to resume the publication of full COVID-19 data, including the cumulative death toll." These totals, and breakdowns by state were restored to their COVID website on Tuesday.

9 June: According to John Hopkins University, the total number of cases in Brazil is 707,412 with 37,134 deaths. Over the past week, Brazil has reported daily new case counts exceeding 30,000 cases and consecutive days of 'record high number of new deaths' in a 24-hour period. At state level, São Paulo registered a record number of daily COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, taking the total for the state to 9,522. The total number of confirmed cases reached 150,138. Brazil currently has the second highest cumulative case count globally after the United States.

Last week, the Brazilian government stopped releasing the total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, reporting only daily numbers. The President of Brazil claimed that this is because the total numbers did not represent the true situation in the country. The Supreme Court stated the ministry must “fully re-establish the daily dissemination of epidemiological data on the COVID-19 pandemic, including on the agency’s website, under the terms presented until last Thursday.”

4 June: Over 60,000 cases have been reported over the past 2 days, bringing the total number to 584,016 cases. In addition, there have been over 2500 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 32,548. According to Brazil's Ministry of Health, the number of deaths reported today represents a record high in the country. With a cumulative death count of over 31,000, Brazil's death toll is approaching that of Italy. Despite the significant daily increases in new cases and deaths, the country has started partially reopening. Since yesterday, non-essential businesses were allowed to reopen in the city of Rio de Janeiro, one of the hardest-hit cities in Brazil. Furthermore, churches, car dealerships, furniture, and decor stores were also permitted to open. The easing of restrictions marks the beginning of six phases planned by health officials, with the goal of returning to normal by early August.

2 June: Tens of thousands of new cases are being reported each day, bringing the total number to 526,447 and 29,937 deaths. The first day of June was the first time the country has reported over 30,000 new cases within a 24-hour period. Sao Paulo state continues to report the highest number of cases across the country. The Sao Paulo Governor has announced the gradual re-opening of businesses beginning 15 June. Social distancing and masks will be required in public places. Public laboratories expanded COVID-19 testing capacity. The daily average of testing performed in the country went from 1,689 in March to 7,624 in May.


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