Brazil has just reached a grim milestone for Covid-19, and a Sao Paulo-based reporter sees no improvement in the situation anytime soon.
“We have people dying of lack of oxygen, people are literally choking,” said Patricia Campos Mello, a reporter for Folha de Sao Paulosaid CNBC’s “The news with Shepard Smith“on Tuesday.” There are no drugs for intubation, there are no intensive care beds. It’s a combination of a lack of planning and simply denying the severity of the disease. ”
“The situation is completely out of control,” added Campos Mello.
Campos Mello’s comments came after Brazil set a daily record on Tuesday Covid death recordAccording to the Brazilian Ministry of Health, more than 3,700 deaths have been recorded. Brazil has the second most common Covid death in the world, followed by the US Johns Hopkins University. Furthermore, less than 2% of the Brazilian population has received at least one dose of vaccine.
However, President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently attacked security measures related to Covid. He told people earlier this month stop whining about the deaths and just move on. Campos Mello noted that the world can learn from the mistakes in Brazil.
“I think the main lesson is that when you have a president or a leader who is spreading disinformation and saying that people shouldn’t worry about not having to do social distancing, it is very, very serious, and we are it’s I see the results now with all the deaths, “said Campos Mello.
Bolsonaro too replaced several of his top military officials Tuesday after sacking a defense minister on Monday amid a major cabinet reshuffle. Campos Mello told CNBC’s Shepard Smith the political chaos was the result of Bolsonaro’s response to widespread pressure from the country’s mismanagement of the pandemic.
“President Bolsonaro’s approval ratings are falling, so he fired some ministers and today the chiefs of the armed forces resigned because they were pressured by Bolsonaro to curfew or take extreme measures that were almost excessive,” she said.