World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 20 Mar, 2021 05:30 am

Amid health care collapse, Brazil cannot bury its COVID-19 dead

Amid health care collapse, Brazil cannot bury its COVID-19 dead
Next week, Brazil is expected to reach the grim milestone of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths, 100,000 of which occurred in the first months of 2021.

A report in the daily Folha de São Paulo pointed out that 22 ICU medications are already at their limit.A year ago, when not even 50 people had died from COVID-19 in Brazil, the governor of São Paulo, João Doria of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, made a cynical criticism of Bolsonaro’s indifference: “These are not fake deaths, Mr.” Since then, more than 66,000 deaths have occurred in the state of São Paulo, 659 of them on Thursday alone.Doria’s so-called São Paulo Plan to combat the pandemic, based on an arbitrary system of color-coded restrictions, without any scientific basis, has proven a fiasco.

Updated data from Wednesday indicate that 26 of the 27 states in the country have reached 80 percent capacity of COVID ICU beds.In Santa Catarina, a state at 97 percent occupancy of ICU beds and with more than 450 people on the waiting list, 130 patients have already died without receiving intensive care.

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