In the coastal city of Rio de Janeiro, intensive care units are 95% full. Fifteen other state capitals are leading to a similar collapse, with more than 90% of ICUs taking possession – the catastrophe of hospitalization with a sharp increase in Kovid-19 cases in the country.
“Here it became a war against the president. It seems that only Kovid dies of the people,” Bolsonaro, who did not wear a mask, told supporters outside the presidential palace on Thursday.
He said, “Hospitals are 90% occupied. But we have to find out how many are Kovid and how many are from other diseases.”
Several state health departments in Brazil show data for dedicated ICU capacity for Kovid-19 and other diseases.
On Thursday, the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported that 2,724 more people had died of the virus that day, taking the total to 287,499. Those numbers make Brazil the second worst country in the world after the United States in terms of number of deaths and deaths.
Bolsonaro, who has long since downplayed the severity of the epidemic, also said he regrets the nation’s deaths on Thursday, but questioned the efficiency of the lockdown measures, which he has opposed.
“, Of course we want a solution and regret any death, but why was the lockdown present? You are seeing the population suffering from unemployment. Let me introduce you to the country where the fight against Kovid is working , “Said Bolsonaro.
As matters escalate, the Brazilian president is facing sharp criticism from citizens across the country, potential political rivals, and local officials, many of whom have demanded that Bolsonaro pursue federal action.
Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who did not refuse to run for office again in 2022, on Thursday dismissed the current administration’s response to the pandemic, saying that “there is no control in Brazil.”
Over the weekend, a joint letter from the country’s governors called on the president to restrict the operation of airports, ports, highways and railways in the country. Many have already imposed local lockdown measures.
The National Front of Mayors (FNP) also sent a letter to the President and the Ministry of Health on Thursday, asking them to “take immediate measures” to address significant shortages in supplies and medicines, including oxygen and sedatives.
“It is inappropriate for people, to induce Brazilian citizens to such desperate deaths by ‘drowning in the dry’ or to maintain and maintain consciousness during the delicate and painful process of tying them up.” , “The letter states.
The Federal Pharmacy Council of Brazil (CFF) says that the current flood of Kovid-19 cases creates “extreme anxiety”, because of the lack of neuromuscular blockers, and other drugs used in intensive care, such as midazolam, necessary for mankind And there is also evidence of safe intubation.
The Council of Health Secretaries has confirmed to CNN that those drugs are at a critical level and can go out within 20 days.
Journalist Marcia Reverdosa reported from Sao Paulo and CNN Radina Gigova From atlanta. Rodrigo Pedroso and Kaitlin Hu contributed to this story.