Brazil Overtakes Russia With Second-Highest Number Of Coronavirus Cases

Brazil's Bolsonaro Expands Use of Controversial Hydroxychloroquine After Daily Coronavirus Deaths in Country Hit Record High

Brazil expands use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19 despite no proof it works

Brazil has now recorded more than 310,000 cases, with experts saying a lack of testing means the real figures are probably much higher.

This makes Brazil the third country with the highest coronavirus cases globally behind the United States and Russian Federation.

The number of deaths in Brazil is now the sixth-highest in the world, behind the United States, Britain, Italy, Spain and France.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticised for his handling of the outbreak and is at the centre too of a deepening political crisis.

But nearly all of the country's 27 states are under some sort of lockdown order, though Brazilians are wearying of the restrictions in place since the end of March.

If the reports coming out of the country about the mass graves being dug or the bodies that remain for hours on the street were not already very telling of the degree of development that the pandemic has in Brazil, if we were to stick only to the numbers, everything we don't know about the level of contagion in the country would be obvious. The president is angry over local shutdowns to slow the spread of the virus and argues that keeping the economy running is more important.

In Brazil, the Sao Paulo state remains the epicenter of virus outbreak with around 70,000 confirmed cases including over 5,000 deaths.

The president called it "a great victory for the Brazilian people".

"Brazil needs to be united".

"The majority of the cases are from the Sao Paulo region", Ryan said. If we're at war, we all face defeat.

Britain confirmed Friday that it would impose a 14-day quarantine on worldwide arrivals in addition to its ongoing social distancing rules, but US President Donald Trump is pressing to reopen his country's economy.

The authorities have been racing to set up field hospitals with more beds, but are struggling to build them fast enough.

Mr Bolsonaro has compared the virus to "a little flu" and promoted the use of the unproven drug chloroquine, despite warnings that it may be unsafe.

Bolsonaro announced that his interim health minister would yesterday issue a new treatment protocol expanding the use of the anti-malaria drug chloroquine to treat even mild cases of COVID-19.

The drugs have shown inconclusive results against coronavirus, and scientists say further studies are needed to determine whether they are safe and effective for COVID-19.

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