Covid19 : Brazil death toll passes grim milestone of 600,000
The country’s average daily death toll has hovered around 500 for a month, down sharply from more than 3,000 in April. Brazil appears intent on returning to pre-pandemic normalcy, even as its death toll tops 6,00,000.
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised for his handling of the pandemic. The populist leader has repeatedly downplayed the gravity of the outbreak, declared he would not get vaccinated because he had already had Covid-19, and championed the unproven malaria medicine hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.
According to official data, Brazil has fully vaccinated 97.2 million people, or 45.5 percent of the population, while 148.8 million people, or 69.7 percent, have received one dose.