The summit of the Ministry of Health predicts that Brazil will face the worst moment of the COVID-19 pandemic in the next 15 days, with the high circulation of coronavirus variants and record new cases, shortage of vaccines, and overload of the health service. The combination could lead the country to register more than 3,000 deaths per day, according to what was reported by the newspaper Valor Econômico.
The Ministry of Health has not officially commented on this. Sources close to Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello and heard by Valor Econômico, however, stated that the expectation is for an explosion of cases and deaths driven by the agglomerations at Carnival, the failure to comply with social isolation measures, and the circulation of more contagious variants.
The Federal Government is considering reopening field hospitals to cope with the high flow of patients, but it will not enact a national lockdown.