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09 Aug 2020 | 03:57 AM UTC

Brazil: Over 3 million cases and 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths confirmed as of August 8 /update 32

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Brazil confirms over 3 million cases and 100,000 COVID-19 related deaths as of August 8; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/8/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/8/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil

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Event

On Saturday, August 8, Brazilian health authorities reported an updated total of 100,543 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) associated deaths in the country, with 3,013,369 confirmed cases. Health authorities reported 841 deaths in the last 24 hours, in addition to 46,305 new COVID-19 cases. 

Despite the rise in cases, the gradual easing of restrictions is continuing. On July 29 the government announced that it will lift a ban on foreign travelers entering the country, providing that they have health insurance coverage for their trip. Several main cities are continuing to reopen by allowing businesses and restaurants to resume operations.

The use of face masks remains mandatory in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Brasília in essential commercial establishments, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as on public transport.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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