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12 Oct 2020 | 04:11 PM UTC

Brazil: Over 150,000 COVID-19 related deaths reported as of October 12 /update 34

Brazil News Alert

Health authorities report over 150,000 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths as of October 12; follow official directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/2/2020, 10:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil

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Event

Brazilian health authorities have confirmed over 150,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related deaths as of Monday, October 12. In the previous 24 hours, 12,345 new COVID-19 cases were reported as well as 290 fatalities, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 5,094,982 with 150,488 associated deaths. Brazil now has the world's second-highest death toll after the US. Additionally, Sao Paulo is the worst affected area with over one million COVID-19 cases confirmed.

The mandatory wearing of face masks remains in place in public areas and on public transport across the country while 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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