Brazil registered 40,716 new infections by covid-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of infected since the beginning of the pandemic above the 20 million mark (20,026,533), informed this Wednesday the Ministry of Health of the country.

Brazil is the third country with more cases in the world, behind the United States (35.2 million) and India (31.7 million).

In the last 24 hours, the country registered 1,175 deaths, totaling 559,607 fatalities in the pandemic. This number makes Brazil the second with more deaths in the pandemic in the world, after the United States.

Despite the high numbers, both deaths and infections continue to fall in Brazil, according to the Brazilian government.

The average of deaths in the last week fell on this Wednesday to 918 deaths per day, its lowest level in almost seven months, compared to the average of 867 deaths per day recorded on 8 January.

Likewise, the average number of infections in the last week fell to 32,778 daily reports, its lowest level in eight months, from the average of 31,169 cases measured on 27 November.

According to the Brazilian Government, of the 20 million Brazilians infected with covid-19, around 18.8 million have already recovered and been discharged, which is equivalent to around 94% of the total, and another 666,042 continue to receive medical care, which corresponds to 3.3%

The sharp drop in the number of deaths and cases reflects the advance of the vaccination campaign after a slow and slow start in the country.

According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil applied 145.6 million vaccines until Wednesday.

Of those vaccinated, 102.8 million received the first dose, which is equivalent to 48.5% of the 212 million Brazilians, and another 42.8 million received the second dose or the vaccine in a single dose, which corresponds to 20.2 % of the population.

Although the data present a more favorable picture, today the city of Rio de Janeiro confirmed the rapid advance of the delta strain, which is more infectious than the other variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The secretary of health of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Daniel Soranz, today highlighted that 45% of the samples from infected ‘carioca’ patients had the delta strain of the coronavirus and, probably, it would soon replace the gamma, which appeared in Manaus, in the north. from Brazil, and was dominant.

The covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,247,231 worldwide, among more than 199.5 million cases of new coronavirus infection, since the WHO detected the disease in China in late December 2019, according to the balance of the AFP based on official data.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.

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