Brazil becomes second country to pass 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19

Brazil becomes second country to pass 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19

9 August 2020 06:49 pm

Brazil has hit the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths - only the second country in the world to do so, Sky News reported.

The number of people in Brazil to have died with COVID-19 has rocketed recently - with the coronavirus taking three months to kill 50,000 people, and then just 50 days to kill the next 50,000.

President Jair Bolsonaro - who caught coronavirus last month - has played down the gravity of the pandemic and fought against lockdowns by local officials.

The US is the only country to have recorded more deaths than Brazil so far with 162,425. Mexico is behind Brazil with 52,006 and there have been 46,651 in the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Many Brazilians protested nightly from their windows in the first months of the outbreak, and protesters marked the latest deaths milestone by projecting "100,000 victims of Bolsonaro" on to a building in Rio de Janeiro.

Many public health experts alleged that Brazil still has no coordinated plan to fight the pandemic, as many officials focus on "reopening".

Sky News