Furious Backlash in Brazil After Ministry Withholds Coronavirus Data

Gravediggers in São Paulo, Brazil, burying a woman suspected to have died of the coronavirus.
Victor Moriyama for The New York Times

Date of Publication: June 8, 2020

Source: The New York Times

President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for disrupting state imposed isolation measures for COVID-19 by encouraging mass rallies among his supporters and not addressing the increasing death toll. Currently, Brazil has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world. In light of this, Brazil’s health ministry has stopped reporting cumulative data. As of Saturday, the website reporting COVID-19 statistics no longer has the number of already confirmed cases or deaths due to the virus. There also has been no explanation of the government’s new method for tracking cases. During the weekend, the National Council of Health Secretaries representing local health officials launched a website with comprehensive data. According to this website, there were 680,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 36,151 deaths in Brazil.

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Summary by: Jayoti Rana