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Brazil registered the highest number of COVID-19 infections since July

Nurses check a room for patients with COVID-19 in a hospital in Brasilia (EFE/Joédson Alves/Archive)

Brazil added 63,292 infections by the COVID-19 virus this Friday, the highest number of positives in a single day since last July, and exceeded 22.4 million cases, in the midst of a growing wave of the pandemic driven by the new Omicron variant, official sources reported.

The number of cases with the virus reported in the last 24 hours in the South American giant is the highest since last July 23, when 108,730 positives were notified, according to data released in the latest report from the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass) of the 27 states.

On September 18 of last year they registered more than 150,000 cases in a single day, a spike in infections that was due to a correction from Rio de Janeiro, which included more than 92,000 cases that had not been reported since 2020.

That’s the way it is, Brazil has already accumulated 22,450,222 confirmed cases since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the country in February 2020.

The data disclosed by the Conass indicate that the number of new infections this Friday was six times higher than a week ago, when the country said goodbye to 2021 with 10,282 confirmed cases of the virus (an increase of 515%), and almost doubled compared to those reported on Thursday (35,826), with an increase of 76%.

A Health Worker Takes A Sample With A Swab In Rio De Janeiro (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes/File)
A health worker takes a sample with a swab in Rio de Janeiro (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/File)

The figures show an accelerated increase in positives in the country, marked by the presence of the Ómicron, the new variant of the virus, which according to experts is the one that predominates in 92.6% of the cases analyzed.

One of the cities most affected by the new strain is Rio de Janeiro, where the health authorities confirmed this Friday that the Ómicron is responsible for 98% of the positives in the city, but without serious cases.

The same does not happen with the number of deaths whose average remains more or less stable between 94 and 110 daily deaths in recent weeks. Brazil accumulates 619,822 fatalities after the notification of 181 deaths this Friday.

The tendency for infections to increase but deaths to remain the same or decrease has been attributed to the effects of vaccination, which in the country already covers more than 67% of its 213 million inhabitants with the complete cycle.

Until now, Brazil accumulates 265 cases confirmed by the new variant and 520 more in the analysis phase, according to figures from the Ministry of Health, which are considered outdated due to the “blackout” suffered by the systems of that portfolio due to a cyber attack in early December, from which it is just beginning to recover.

Brazil is the second country with the highest number of deaths from the virus, after the United States, and the third in number of positives, behind the North American country and India.

(With information from EFE)


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