Brazil’s new crown death toll surpasses 300,000, young patients surge

the number of deaths from new crown pneumonia in Brazil exceeded the 300,000 mark on the 24th local time, and Brazil became the second country in the world to have more than 300,000 new crown pneumonia deaths after the United States.

Statistics show that Brazil ranks first in the world in the number of daily deaths from new coronary pneumonia. In the past week, an average of 2,273 people died of new coronary pneumonia every day, which is more than three times the number at the beginning of the year. It is worth noting that more and more young adults in Brazil are infected with new coronary pneumonia. Agence France-Presse analyzed data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health that 27% of Brazilians who died of new coronary pneumonia in the past three months belonged to young adults between the ages of 30 and 59, an increase of 7% from December last year.

Bitencourt, an epidemiology researcher at the University of São Paulo, said that in recent months, the number of new infections in Brazil has doubled, the number of young infected people has increased, and people under the age of 59 stay in the ICU for longer, which makes beds more tight. . According to CNN, 60% of young patients with new coronary pneumonia currently require ICU beds, which is higher than that at the beginning of the epidemic. Judging from local data, the trend of younger generation is particularly obvious. According to the Brazilian “G1” news network, the survey showed that the number of young patients in the Capital Federal District has skyrocketed. Since March alone, the number of young hospitalized patients has exceeded the sum of the previous 10 months. A surge of 800%.

According to CNN, the trend of younger patients with COVID-19 coincides with the prevalence of mutated viruses in Brazil. For this reason, some experts speculate that this may be related to the more contagious and more deadly variants of certain new coronavirus strains. In addition, young people who like to party and revel on holidays are also more likely to be infected. Parolo, an intensive care doctor at a hospital in Sao Paulo, said that young people are not so concerned about epidemic prevention. According to a reporter from the Global Times, young people fail to comply with the epidemic prevention policy. For example, bars and beaches in Rio de Janeiro are often full before the government is forced to shut down. However, due to the limited input power, the government’s management is also inadequate. In addition, President Bolsonaro stated that his opposition to social distancing will not change. His supporters also believe that social distancing will not alleviate the epidemic, but will only lead to economic recession and restrictions on personal freedom. Therefore, he is unwilling to actively prevent the epidemic.

In addition, there are some young people who have to go out to work in order to support their families, and under the current vaccination plan, they are far from being vaccinated. Bittencourt said that with the progress of the elderly population’s vaccination work, they may be more protected than young people. According to data from the health department of São Paulo, between January and February, the number of deaths between the ages of 85 and 89 dropped by 51.3%. However, Brazil is facing a severe shortage of vaccines. At the current rate, it will take until 2022 to achieve universal vaccination, and young people are the last group of people.