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In Brazil, ‘the virus has struck pretty ferociously’

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In Brazil, ‘the virus has struck pretty ferociously’

Brazil is on track to become the newest hotspot in the coronavirus pandemic with more than 300,000 confirmed cases and at least 20,000 deaths from COVID-19. A lack of social distancing mandates and warnings are contributing to the rise. Hari Sreenivasan spoke with New York Times reporter Ernesto Londoño from Rio de Janeiro to learn more. Read the Full Transcript

Hari Sreenivasan: As of Friday, Brazil is on track to become the newest hotspot in the coronavirus pandemic with more than 300,000 confirmed cases and at least 20,000 deaths from COVID-19.

A lack of social distancing mandates and warnings are contributing to the rise. I recently spoke with New York Times reporter Ernesto Londono from Rio de Janeiro.

Ernesto, we’ve been hearing quite a bit about Latin America and how COVID-19 is working its way through South America as well.

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Where is Brazil at right now in terms of infections, deaths, how people are affected?

Ernesto Londono: Brazil is now clearly the epicenter in Latin America. We’re seeing upwards of 800 new deaths each day and contagion is growing. So health officials here and local officials are warning that the next few months are going to be very, very hard. They’re looking at a breakdown of health care systems in areas where the virus has struck pretty ferociously. And unfortunately, the approach has been rather erratic.

On the one hand, you have the president telling people, get back to work, you know, with these shut downs and these lockdowns don’t make good sense. Let the virus burn out while local officials and doctors are pleading with people to stay indoors if they […]

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