August 10, 20 - 10:13 am - Reuters

Brazil faces continued pressure in coronavirus fight, says WHO

Indicators point to Brazil, which has the world’s second highest number of coronavirus infections, facing continued pressure on its health care system, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Brazil has reported more than 3 million confirmed cases, second only to the United States, and more than 101,000 deaths.

There is a “vast global gap” between funds needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and funds committed, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, and the WHO was only “10% of the way”  to funding the billions of dollars required.

More than 19.92 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 729,883​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

However, he said he saw “green shoots of hope”.

It is never too late to turn the pandemic around. The message is to suppress, suppress, suppress.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said Brazil is registering 50,000-60,000 cases per day. “Brazil is sustaining a very high level of epidemic, the curve is somewhat flattened, but it’s not going down and the system is under great deal of pressure.

“It’s brutal in its simplicity, it is brutal in its cruelty, but it doesn’t have a brain,” he said. “We have the brains, we can outsmart something that doesn’t have a brain but we are not doing such a great job right now.”