The death toll of Brazil from COVID-19 reads above 130,000 as at today amid cautious optimism over signs that the virus is finally slowing in the hard-hit South American country.
Having the second-highest death toll in the pandemic after the United States, Brazil has been thrown into a state of devastation by the coronavirus, claiming the lives of 130,396 people in the country.
Brazil, has recorded about 4.3 million infections, behind only the US and India and the average number of deaths per day for the past week was 696.
During a seminar that was held this week and organized by Brazil’s leading public health research institute, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), immunologist Guilherme Werneck said;
“The models indicate we are past the peak… and starting a descent, albeit with levels that are still unacceptably high,”
Epidemiological modelling specialist Thomas Mellan of Imperial College London told the Fiocruz seminar;
“To tell you the truth, the first wave still isn’t over in Brazil,”