The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a cry of alarm on November 30th on the situation in Brazil and Mexico in the grip of a rapid progression of the Covid-19, calling on the authorities of the two countries to take the situation “very seriously».
“I think Brazil needs to take this very, very seriously. It’s very, very disturbing”, Warned Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, faced with the evolution of the pandemic in a country whose president, Jair Bolsonaro, denies the seriousness of the disease and let know last week that he would not be vaccinated.
At his bi-weekly press conference in Geneva, he made the same appeal to Mexico which, he stressed, is “in bad shape». «The number of cases has doubled and the number of deaths has doubled“, Worried Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, before insisting: “we want to ask Mexico to take this very seriously.”
Brazil, which has 212 million inhabitants, is the second most bereaved country by the pandemic, with more than 170,000 dead, behind the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The WHO director-general said Brazil had managed to reduce the number of cases by almost two-thirds since the peak reached in July, with 114,000 cases in the week of November 2nd. However, “during the week of November 26th, we are again at 218,000 cases per week”, He underlined. “If you take the death toll, the week of November 2nd is 2,538 and now we have 3,876», He continued.
Brazil’s far-right president has been criticized for handling the epidemic, downplaying its severity, and has opposed the restriction of economic activities. He personally overcame Covid-19 in July after being infected at the age of 65, taking the opportunity to reaffirm his unwavering faith in hydroxychloroquine, the effectiveness of which, however, is not scientifically proven. “I’m telling you, I won’t take it (the vaccine)“, He had launched Thursday.
For its part, Mexico reached the mark of 100,000 deaths on November 20, and eight days later, for the first time exceeded the threshold of 12,000 cases of contamination per day. In Mexico City, the number of cases rose 30% the week of November 23-28, according to official figures.