Brazil faces the coronavirus disaster almost everyone saw coming
“We are very much in the upswing of this pandemic, particularly in the global south,” said Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization top emergency expert, in a briefing in Geneva where he pointed to the severity of the crisis across Latin America.
“Overall the health system is still coping in Brazil, although, having said that, with the sustained number of severe cases that remains to be seen,” Ryan added.
The depth of the calamity hitting the region’s most populous nation was not unexpected: Public health experts, journalists and opposition politicians warned of the risks the virus posed in Brazil’s teeming cities, marked by stark inequality, densely-packed slums and uneven access to public goods.
“Everyone who’s been watching Brazil, who’s been seeing the numbers increase day after day, week after week, knew that it was headed in this direction,” Anya Prusa, a senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute in Washington, told HuffPost last month. “It’s not a surprise, but it is a real humanitarian tragedy.”
[Source: Washington Post]