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Brazil exceeds half a million deaths from covid-19

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Several people in a cemetery in Manaus.

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The number of deaths related to covid-19 exceeded 500,000 in Brazil, the second highest in the world, while experts say the outbreak could still worsen due to slow vaccination and the onset of winter.

The virus continues to spread as President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to endorse measures such as social distancing.

The Fiocruz health institute says the situation is “critical.” Only 15% of adults are fully vaccinated.

On Twitter, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, expressed solidarity with the “fathers, mothers, friends and relatives” of the deceased. “500,000 lives lost due to the pandemic that affects our Brazil and the entire world,” he wrote on the social network.

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