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As Brazil passes 600,000 COVID-19 deaths, vaccines offer hope worst is over

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Brazil grew to become the second nation on the earth to move 600,000 COVID-19 deaths on Friday, a darkish milestone for a authorities that has been sharply criticized for mismanaging the outbreak.

President Jair Bolsonaro has drawn the ire of well being consultants for his failure to implement measures to comprise the pandemic. He has railed towards lockdowns, aired skepticism about vaccines and frequently refuses to put on a masks in public.

But regardless of Friday’s tragic mark, there are actually indicators that infections in Brazil are lastly ebbing, because the nation ramps up vaccinations after a gradual begin. More than 70% of Brazilians have acquired a primary dose, in comparison with 65% within the United States, which handed 600,000 deaths in June.

“The rejection rate of vaccines is really low, it makes other countries jealous,” stated Alexandre Naime Barbosa, head of epidemiology at Sao Paulo State University. “That’s really important for Brazil to contain the pandemic.”

Brazil additionally seems to have been spared the worst of the Delta variant up to now, with registered deaths and circumstances falling regardless of the arrival of the extra contagious pressure.

Deaths are down 80% from their peak of greater than 3,000 per day in April, and Brazil now not has one of many world’s highest every day loss of life tolls.

The Health Ministry registered 615 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, taking the overall to 600,425 because the pandemic started.

Health consultants speculate the early devastating results in Brazil of the Gamma variant, additionally known as P1, could have tempered the course of the Delta variant, which precipitated circumstances elsewhere to spike considerably.

“The enormous cost of lives we had with Gamma resulted in a portion of the population with partial immunity when Delta spread,” stated virologist Fernando Spilki of Feevale University within the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Editing by Alistair Bell

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Demonstrators hold crosses during a protest to pay tribute to Brazil's 600,000 COVID-19 deaths and against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus disease pandemic, in Brasilia, Brazil, October 8, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Members of the Rio de Paz NGO place white handkerchiefs that symbolise a farewell, to pay tribute to Brazil's 600,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 8, 2021. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

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