According to the latest coronavirus update by Brazil’s Health Ministry, the country has 5,017 confirmed Covid-19 deaths. That’s more than the official death toll in China — where the outbreak originated (4,633, according to World-O-Meters). However, if Brazil’s data is compromised by the lack of testing, the numbers in China can also be taken with skepticism, as authoritarian regimes tend to be opaque on issues that may trigger social unrest.
Nevertheless, Brazil recorded its highest number of new deaths in a single day with 474 casualties. Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases amounts to 71,886.
Earlier today, U.S. President Donald Trump talked about screening South American tourists — particularly those from Brazil. “Brazil has pretty much of an outbreak, as you know. They also went another way than other countries in South America. If you look at the chart, you see what happened unfortunately to Brazil,” said Mr. Trump. His words are rich, however, given that Jair Bolsonaro’s “another way” has largely been a copy of Donald Trump’s own approach. Moreover, no country in the world has registered more Covid-19 cases or deaths than the U.S.