Number of at-home deaths rises nearly 11 percent in Brazil

Number of at-home deaths rises nearly 11 percent in Brazil
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The number of Brazilians who died at home between March and April rose by 10.8 percent in comparison to last year, news website G1 reported. In this period, 35,081 at-home deaths were registered in the country, an increase of 3,428 since last year. With this jump, casualties at home now represent 20 percent of all deaths reported in the country in 2020.

Out of all at-home deaths, the country registered an increase of 613 percent in mortality from respiratory failure. Cases with undetermined causes rose 46 percent. Specialists say this trend is partly linked to the lack of Covid-19 tests in the country, though non-coronavirus related deaths also increased by 10.8 percent.

In some of the most affected capitals, the number of at-home deaths grew much more than the national average. In Pará’s capital Belém, where the healthcare system is on the verge of collapse, this number rose by 316 percent. In the city of Manaus, a growth of 139 percent was registered. Brazil currently ranks third on the number of daily casualties by Covid-19, after the U.S. and the United Kingdom.