Brazil passes 10M confirmed COVID-19 cases
Published: 12:43 PM, 19 February 2021
Brazil, the country with the second-highest coronavirus death toll, surpassed 10 million confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday.
The country became the third to reach the grim mark after the United States and India with more than 51,900 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to official data.
In addition, a total of 1,367 COVID-19 death have been reported in the same one-day period, bringing the total to over 243,400.
Brazil’s figure of 10,030,626 came amid mounting criticism of how President Jair Bolsonaro’s government has handled the epidemic and vaccination response.
So far, three percent of the population of 212 million have received one of two required vaccine doses.
The month-old campaign with China’s CoronaVac and the AstraZeneca shot has had to be stopped in several cities and towns, however, due to a shortage of doses.
Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said this week that the country would have 230 million doses by the end of July. But this depends on the delivery of doses from abroad, as well as the shipment of component parts for fabrication in Brazil.