Brazilian hospitals reach breaking point as health minister accuses new variants of coronavirus

Brazilian hospitals reach breaking point as health minister accuses new variants of coronavirus

Eighteen of Brazil’s 26 states and one federal district have intensive care units at over 80% capacity, federal and state data Display. Nine of them are on the verge of collapse at more than 90% of their capacity.

Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello acknowledged the crisis, telling state governors on February 25 that new variants of the coronavirus had made control of the pandemic even more difficile, in a country where death and infection rates have long been out of control.

“The mutated virus has three times more contamination capacity and speed may surprise governors in terms of structure and support. This is the reality we have today in Brazil, ”he said.

Data from Brazilian Secretaries of State for Health shows that Rondônia state is struggling the most with the increase in the number of cases, with ICUs having a capacity of 97.5%. It is followed by the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul at 97.2% of its capacity and the Federal District, which houses …

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