Brazil wipes out data on Covid-19

Covid-19 patient intensive care unit at the hospital in Manaus, Brazil, May 20. Photo: Reuters.
Covid-19 patient intensive care unit at the hospital in Manaus, Brazil, May 20. Photo: Reuters.

The Brazilian Ministry of Health removed Covid-19 statistics from the website in the past months, when the country was the second largest epidemic in the world.

The website of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, an important portal to monitor the situation of Covid-19 in the country, on June 5 was closed and reopened on June 6 with a new interface, showing only the number of cases, deaths and recovery within the past 24 hours. By the end of the day, the Brazilian Ministry of Health reported 27,075 new cases of nCoV and an additional 904 deaths.

All data on Covid-19 over the past time, in each state and city are no longer available. The total number of infections and deaths in the country are also not displayed.

“This accumulated data does not reflect the reality in Brazil today,” President Jair Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter, citing a notice from the Ministry of Health. “Authorities are taking steps to improve reporting of cases and confirm diagnoses.”

The move comes as Brazil has recorded more than 672,000 nCoV infections, second only to the world after the United States, and the total number of deaths has exceeded Italy with nearly 36,000.

The Brazilian government was criticized this week for delaying updating the Covid-19 data daily from around 17:00 to 22:00.

“Information transparency is a powerful tool to combat the epidemic,” said Paulo Jeronimo de Sousa, head of the Brazilian Press Association, accusing the government of trying to silence the press. Publish data at the end of the day.

When asked about the allegation in Brazil’s most watched television show “Jornal Nacional” at 20:30 on June 5, President Bolsonaro did not respond but jokingly said the program “likes to say that Brazil set a record. about death “.

Bolsonaro underestimated the severity of the pandemic, replaced many experts in the Ministry of Health with military officials and opposed a nationwide blockade to curb the spread of nCoV.

More than 210 countries and territories have appeared Covid-19, after the outbreak broke out in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, leaving more than 7 million people infected and more than 400,000 dead. Brazil is the country reporting the highest number of new cases and deaths from Covid-19 than any other country in the four consecutive days this week.