Coronavirus — Cases Continue to Skyrocket in Brazil

  • Pressure from President Jair Bolsonaru has led to the reopening of major cities.
  • Thousands of supporters and opponents of President Bolsonaro have staged parallel demonstrations in various cities across the country.
  • A man who refused to wear a mask in a supermarket was shot dead by the establishment's manager.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus infections. According to the WHO, 183,000 people have been infected in the past 24 hours. The United States remains the country with the highest number of confirmed infections at over 2 million.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Brazil on 25 February 2020, when a man from São Paulo tested positive for the virus. As of June 22, there have been more than 50,000 deaths from more than 1 million cases.

Brazil has the second highest death toll for coronavirus, with more than 50,000 people dying from COVID-19. The global death toll has risen to more than 470,000, with more than 9 million cases worldwide. Experts say the actual number could be even higher because of insufficient testing.

Furthermore, the infection has yet to reach a high point. Earlier on Sunday, the Brazilian health ministry said another 641 people had died in the past 24 hours. With that increase, the number of people dying from coronavirus in the country had reached 50,617. In the last 24 hours, 17,000 new infections have been added.

Despite a sharp rise in the number of deaths and infections, pressure from President Jair Bolsonaru has led to the reopening of major cities. The president claims that the economy has collapsed due to restrictions imposed to control and prevent coronavirus infection.

Meanwhile, thousands of supporters and opponents of President Bolsonaro have staged parallel demonstrations in various cities across the country. The largest demonstrations have taken place in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and the capital, Brasilia. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.

Opposition groups called for Bolsonaro to be impeached after a former presidential aide and his family was arrested on Thursday.

Unmasked Man Shot Dead by Manager

Jair Bolsonaro is a Brazilian politician and retired military officer who has been the 38th president of Brazil since 1 January 2019. He served in the country’s Chamber of Deputies, representing the state of Rio de Janeiro, between 1991 and 2018.

A man who refused to wear a mask in a supermarket was shot dead by the establishment’s manager. The story took place in the city of Vacaria, in the Serra Gaúcha region, last Saturday night. According to the Civil Police, the disagreement over the use of the coronavirus security item motivated a discussion and the crime.

Around 7:30 PM, a 36-year-old man, identified by the Vacaria police as Aldori Somavilla Cardoso, entered the supermarket. When walking around the establishment without a mask, he was warned by the manager (who did not have his name disclosed) about the need to wear it.

Even without a mask, Cardoso entered the supermarket without being noticed. When he went to the cashier, he would have been approached by the manager, who asked him to wear a mask or leave the place. The refusal turned into a heated argument, which would have lasted less than 1 minute.

In the middle of the discussion, Cardoso struck the manager with a knife. Still, according to the police, there were two blows, one on the chest and one on the abdomen. Even injured, the manager managed to pull out a 38 caliber revolver and shoot towards his attacker. One of the shots hit Cardoso in the chest, and he fell at the entrance to the supermarket.

Cardoso was rescued, but he could not resist his injuries. The manager, according to the Vacaria police, remains hospitalized. The manager has a gun and has no criminal record. Cardoso, in turn, had a history of traffic fights and threats. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of masks is mandatory in the Rio Grande do Sul.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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