Number of the week

Brazil experienced its highest yearly death toll in 37 years

A huge increase last year was most likely due to the pandemic. With two-thirds of Covid-19 deaths coming this year, though, 2021’s figures are likely to make an even grimmer reading

death Irajá cemetery in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Photocarioca/Shutterstock
Irajá cemetery in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Photocarioca/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week, we show that Brazil registered its highest death toll since 1984 last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

14.9%
bump in the number of deaths in 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic hit Brazil hard and caused the death of nearly 195,000 people in the country last year alone, as was revealed at the beginning of the year by the health secretariats. And according to statistics released on Thursday by the Brazilian Institute of...

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