On 5 March it was reported that COVID-19 had caused death and despair in Brazil.
Brazil is one of the worst affected countries in the world.
Now, a year after the outbreak, Brazil is setting another record of suffering.
No other country that has experienced such a major outbreak is still grappling with a record number of deaths and a collapsing healthcare system.
On the contrary, many other hard-hit countries are taking tentative steps to restore a semblance of normalcy.
Reports say Brazil is battling a more contagious strain of the virus that has devastated one major city and is spreading to others.
More than 1700 people were reported killed in Brazil’s new crown Sunday, the highest single-day death toll in the pandemic.
“The acceleration of the epidemic in the states will lead to the collapse of public and private hospital systems, which could soon happen in every region of Brazil,” Brazil’s National Federation of Health Officers said in a statement.
Unfortunately, the slow pace of vaccine roll-out means this situation will not be reversed any time soon.”
The strain of the virus found in the Brazilian city of Manaus is not only more contagious, but also appears to be able to re-infect some people who have recovered from the disease, according to preliminary research.
The variant has crossed Brazil’s borders and appeared in more than 20 other countries, with a small presence in the United States.
The report says scientists around the world are aware of the dangers of the new varieties.
Rochelle Wollensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, implored Americans this week not to let down their guard.
According to a report by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 3, the Brazilian state government decided to enter the “red phase”, the highest level of quarantine restrictions, on June 19, after several days of record COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations. Only basic services such as supermarkets and pharmacies will be allowed to operate, and general stores will be closed.
Workers in protective suits disinfect the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s iconic tourist attraction.