Four months in, Brazil’s coronavirus data still doesn’t explain the outbreak

Testing figures in Brazil do not accurately illustrate the situation in Brazil, as diagnoses are overwhelmingly in patients with severe symptoms

Four months in, Brazil's coronavirus data still doesn't explain the outbreak
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, we at The Brazilian Report have warned readers that official data on the coronavirus outbreak in the country must be taken with a grain of salt. Doubts around the reliability of testing data have persisted — and the more we know about them, the more reason we have to be skeptical.

The case of Brazil’s highest-profile coronavirus patient helps us understand why.

On July 6, President Jair Bolsonaro took a Covid-19 test after feeling ill for a couple of days — he announced on the following day that he had contracted the virus....

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