Coronavirus

Six months on: Brazil’s coronavirus situation, in charts

Some studies show a decreasing coronavirus spread in Brazil, nationwide figures don't tell the full story of a country still struggling

Six months on: Brazil's coronavirus situation, in charts
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In mid-August, Brazil got a rare uplifting piece of news: Imperial College London reported that the country’s coronavirus contagion rate had dropped below 1 for the first time since the virus began spreading in the country. In practical terms, Brazil’s R number of 0.98 meant that every 100 infected individuals would be expected to infect 98 others, who would then in turn infect 96, and so on. At the time, however, The Brazilian Report warned that this was not yet reason for celebration, as these figures would have to be sustained for several weeks in order to truly...

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