Brazil adrift as virus toll reaches 100,000

A gravedigger at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery where Covid-19 victims are buried daily in Manaus, Brazil. – AFP pic, August 6, 2020.

FIVE months after confirming its first case of the new coronavirus, Brazil is fast approaching the bleak milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, a tragedy experts blame on the country’s lack of coherent response.

It will be just the second country to cross that grim threshold, after the United States, where the death toll is now over 150,000.

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