Low testing casts doubt over Covid-19 reality in Brazil

Panama is a textbook example in Latin America of how massive testing help to properly assess the Covid-19 crisis. In Brazil, numbers remain anyone's guess

Low testing casts doubt over Covid-19 reality in Brazil
City officials disinfect a bus terminal in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. Photo: Cesar Lopes/PMPA

Brazilian society has largely been divided since 2015, when groups in favor and against the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff began to clash. In 2018, the battleground switched to the presidential election: Jair Bolsonaro versus the center-left Workers’ Party. Now, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the political and social division du jour concerns whether Brazil should remain in isolation, or whether the country should go back to work.

The argument of the former is in defense of the health of the entire Brazilian population, regardless of social class. The latter, meanwhile, is led by the belief that the...

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