World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 18 Mar, 2021 04:00 am

Hospitals and intensive care units again overflowing in Brazil

Hospitals and intensive care units again overflowing in Brazil
A similar situation is threatened in Europe, where cases are continuing to rise.

The recent surge in confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Brazil has driven the country’s health care system to the brink of collapse.Such extreme rates of transmission and death, currently the highest in the world, have driven Brazil’s health care system to the brink of collapse.“In general terms,” the report continues, “the high numbers denote the collapse of the health system for the care of patients requiring complex care for COVID-19, in addition to immeasurable losses in the care of patients who demand care due to other health problems.According to Brazil’s Fiocruz public health research institution, the current surge equates to a growth rate in the case count of 1.

5 percent per day, and a growth rate in the death count of 2.Fiocruz gave a harrowing depiction of the situation across the country in the most recent edition of its “COVID-19 Extraordinary Bulletin,” noting that “Although some governors and mayors have been carrying out efforts to open ICU beds to care for patients with Covid-19,” this strategy is limited by the high growth rate of cases in every state.

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