Coronavirus

Brazil’s inability to produce reliable Covid-19 data an obstacle for policymaking

Data on Covid-19 in Brazil is filled with inconsistencies and mistakes, with a strong suggestion that the official death toll is highly underestimated

Brazil's inability to produce reliable Covid-19 data an obstacle for policymaking
Closed store at São Paulo Guarulhos Airport. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/FP

Earlier this month, Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said that the coronavirus outbreak infection curve in Brazil would peak by late-April, early-May, as have some infectious disease experts. However, all projections might have one problem at their origin: they are based on data that is simply not that reliable. As Covid-19 cases grow, Brazil has proven to be unable to produce consistent — and detailed — data that would help experts and policymakers understand the virus’ path in the country and design action plans capable of lowering the infection curve as much as possible.

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