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Brazil has become the second country, after the United States to record more than 50,000 coronavirus deaths.

This comes amid protests after the country recorded more than a million cases of the deadly virus.

According to data compiled by the John Hopkins University, the virus has claimed 50,591 lives in Brazil as at 0900 EAT on Monday.

A total of 1,083,341 cases have been confirmed in the South American country.

Health experts are saying that the peak of the outbreak is still weeks away.

The World Health Organisation has recorded the highest one-day increase in virus cases in the past 24 hours.

A total of 183,000 virus cases have been reported with 60% of the cases coming from North and South America.

However, the growing outbreak did not stop thousands of people from protesting in Brazil on Sunday.

Anti-government demonstrators are calling for President Jair Bolsonaro to be impeached. It follows an arrest on Thursday of a former aide and family friend who is accused of corruption.

The president is also under investigation for allegedly trying to interfere with the police for political motives.

Mr Bolsonaro has also been widely criticised on his response to the pandemic. He did not introduce a national lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.

Mr Bolsonaro has clashed with state governors and mayors who have locked down major cities as a way of minimising the spread of the deadly virus.

President Bolsonaro argues that the economic impact of the virus will be much bigger that the virus itself.

There is a concern that the healthcare system in Brazil will be unable to cope up with the rising number of cases in deprived neighbourhoods and remote areas.

Millions of jobs have already been lost in the South American country and analysts forecast that the economy will contract by between 6% and 8%.

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3 thoughts on “Coronavirus: Brazil becomes the second country to pass 50,000 deaths

  1. Brazil needs a new President that care about enviroment and climate change and don’t deny Covid-19.

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