In Brazil, cemeteries work 24 hours a day and the health system is on the brink of collapse. But despite the fact that the deaths from COVID-19 increase every day, President Jair Bolsonaro keeps his promise not to impose a lockdown.
He assures that the damage to the economy would be worse than the effects of the virus itself and has dedicated itself to blocking some local authorities from taking sanitary measures.
“There will not be a national closure. Some dare to say that the Army should help some governors in their restrictive measures. Our Brazilian army will not go out to the streets to keep people inside their homes,” he said during a public event.
Scientists have detected 92 variants of the coronavirus in the country, including P.1, first identified in Brazil, which is believed to be much more contagious.
With more than 13.1 million infections and 340,000 deaths, the Latin American giant is the second country with the most deaths and confirmed cases of COVID, only behind the United States, although it is currently the place on the planet where most people die from the disease .
The explosion of coronavirus infections has caused the public health system to be on the verge of collapse with intensive care units filled to 90% of their capacity in 20 of the 27 Brazilian states.
Medicines, such as sedatives and analgesics, essential to keep the most severely infected patients intubated, have also become scarce in some areas of the country.
Argentina applies the curfew
Argentina is experiencing a growing wave of infections. President Alberto Fernández, who tested positive for coronavirus after being vaccinated, has announced new restrictions. The country has registered more than two and a half million infected since the beginning of the pandemic.
“We are at a time in these next three weeks where the effort we have to make is precisely to cover the population that is most at risk of complications and dying,” said Carla Vizzotti, the country’s Minister of Health.
The new restrictions, which will be in effect from next Friday until April 30, include a curfew between 00:00 and 06:00.
In addition, in areas with the highest epidemiological and sanitary risk, social activities in private homes, social gatherings in public outdoor spaces for more than 20 people and the recreational practice of any sport in closed places with more than 10 people are suspended. .
Likewise, the activity of casinos, bingo halls, discos and party halls is suspended, while bars and restaurants must close at 23 hours.
Chile adds a new vaccine to its portfolio
The situation worsens despite massive vaccination campaigns. Hospitals are 95% occupied due to the increase in infections.
That is why the Government has decided to postpone the constituent elections to mid-May, as well as the regional and municipal elections. Despite the national pressure, citizens will have to wait a little longer for their new Magna Carta than to profoundly modify the Chilean political system.
On the other hand, the pharmacological authorities of Chile approved this Wednesday the emergency use of the vaccine manufactured by the Chinese laboratory CanSino, which requires a single dose and of which 1.8 million injections are expected to reach the country from of May.
The Ad5-nCoV vaccine thus joins the three that have already received the green light in Chile: the one made by the US-German conglomerate Pfizer / BioNTech, the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and the British one from AstraZeneca.
Chile, which has committed more than 35 million doses, it is one of the countries with the highest percentage of vaccinated population and since last February more than 7.1 million people have already received at least one dose (about 4.2 million the two injections).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.