Coronavirus

Is Brazil’s healthcare system prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic?

Brazil has the largest public health system in the world, but it may not be able to handle the upcoming boom in Covid-19 cases

Is Brazil's healthcare system prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic?
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Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta declared this week that Brazil is entering the stage of having local transmission of the novel coronavirus, predicting “some harsh 20 weeks ahead.” During that stretch, infection numbers will balloon and, according to projections based on the novel coronavirus’ path in countries such as China, Italy, or Spain, they could go from around 150 to 30,000 by April 1. And within the next four months, the state of São Paulo alone could have over 45,000 people infected. When addressing the nation on Thursday night, President Jair Bolsonaro said the number of Covid-19 cases...

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