Brazil registers a decrease in coronavirus deaths for the second consecutive month


Brazil coronavirus deaths fall by 23% over the past month – but with 144,680 dead the country still has the second highest fatality rate after the US

  • Brazil reported a 23% decrease in COVID-19 deaths for September
  • The South American nation had documented a 12% drop in deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic in August 
  • Brazil has the second worst death toll in the world with 144,680 deaths 
  • The country has generated the third most confirmed cases in the globe with  4,847,092

The Brazilian health ministry reported a 23 per cent decrease in COVID-19 deaths in September.

For the second consecutive month, Brazil – the epicenter for the coronavirus epidemic in Latin America – saw a drop in Covid 19 fatalities. Health ministry officials documented a 12 per cent drop in coronavirus deaths in August.

The most significant decreases came in the state of São Paulo followed by Minas Gerais and Bahia, according to Brazilian news outlet Extra Globo. Goias and Amazonas were the only states to register an increase in coronavirus deaths for September.

Aerial view of the Vila Formosa cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil's health ministry reported a 23% drop in COVID-19 deaths for September, the second consecutive month with a decrease in deaths caused by the deadly disease

Aerial view of the Vila Formosa cemetery, in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil’s health ministry reported a 23% drop in COVID-19 deaths for September, the second consecutive month with a decrease in deaths caused by the deadly disease

Cemetery workers in Nova Iguacu, Brazil, place the coffin containing the remains of Jose de Arimatwho died from COVID-19 complications, into a niche at the municipal cemetery in Nova Iguacu, Brazil

Cemetery workers in Nova Iguacu, Brazil, place the coffin containing the remains of Jose de Arimateia on September 24.  Arimateia died from COVID-19 complications

Brazil has reported 144,680 coronavirus deaths – the second highest in the globe, behind the United States. 

The South American nation is the third highest for cases with 4,847,092, behind the United States and India.

‘I believe that adherence to quarantine and the use of masks contributed to this fall, said Natália Pasternak, president of the Science Question Institute. ‘It is important to give these returns to the population to show that their effort has been rewarded, and that it is worth fulfilling the quarantine measures.’

The renowned scientists also attributed the lowered death rate to researchers and doctors who have a better grasp of the deadly virus.

Coronavirus has killed 1,025,075 worldwide and infected 34,429,410.

Beachgoers flocked to Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday despite the COVID-19 pandemic

Beachgoers flocked to Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday despite the COVID-19 pandemic 

An employee wearing a face mask measures the customer's temperature on September 23, 2020 at the entrance to the Mamma Jamma pizzeria in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Botafogo

An employee wearing a face mask measures the customer’s temperature on September 23, 2020 at the entrance to the Mamma Jamma pizzeria in the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Botafogo

‘The drop in the number of deaths has two other reasons: the first is the decrease in people susceptible to being infected by the virus,’ Pasternak said. 

‘And the other factor is that there is an important medical learning on how to deal with the disease that decreases the number of deaths, because doctors already know better how the disease acts in the body and what are the ways to intervene and treat it.’

Despite the drop in COVID-19 deaths in August and September, the health ministry said Thursday that Brazil registered 728 additional coronavirus deaths and 36,157 new cases over the last 24 hours.

Health professionals are monitoring certain cities for potential second waves. 

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