Rio de Janeiro recorded more deaths than births for the 6th month in a row as Brazil fails to contain its COVID-19 outbreak
- The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has recorded more deaths than births for six straight months.
- Ten other Brazilian cities recorded more deaths than births in March.
Brazilhas reported the second-most COVID-19 fatalities and is recording thousands of cases a day.
The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has recorded more deaths than births for the sixth consecutive month as the country struggles to contain its
City authorities reported 36,437 deaths and 32,060 births in March, according to government data.That same month, at least 10 other Brazilian cities with populations exceeding 500,000 registered more deaths than births, according to CNN.
As of Tuesday, more than 358,000 deaths in Brazil were reported as a result of COVID-19, according to a tracker from The New York Times.President
more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths within a 24-hour period for the first time. Intensive-care units are above 90% capacity across most Brazilian states, The Associated Press reported Sunday, citing local data. Seven in 10 hospitals are close to running out of oxygen and anesthetic, the AP said.
Bolsonaro has long refused to enforce a nationwide lockdown and previously said that the virus was a "little flu" about which people should "stop whining."Bolsonaro has defended his approach, and last week he dismissed being called "genocidal" in his coronavirus response.
"They called me homophobic, racist, fascist, a torturer and now ... what is it now? Now I am ... someone who kills a lot of people? Genocidal. Now, I'm genocidal," he said.
Even with large stocks of vaccines already ordered, Brazil has been slow to roll out shots to its 211 million citizens.As of Wednesday morning, just 32 million shots had been administered, according to a tracker from the G1 Globo news outlet.
Brazil had planned to vaccinate its population only with doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, but it has ordered backup supplies of China's CoronaVac vaccine, made by Sinovac Biotech, to try to bypass production delays.
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