Brazil records 716 deaths from covid-19 in 24 hours; country totals 153,229 deaths – 10/16/2020

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Brazil recorded, in the last 24 hours, 716 new deaths from covid-19, adding up to 153,229 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, in March. The information is from the consortium of vehicles from which the Twitter is part of.

30,574 new cases have been reported since yesterday, totaling 5,201,570 diagnoses by the new coronavirus.

The moving average of deaths, calculated based on the death figures for the last seven days, is 505

Government balance sheet

The Ministry of Health reported 754 new deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to a balance sheet prepared by the government, and updated today. With this, the country reaches 153,214 deaths from the disease.

There are 30,914 new cases confirmed compared to yesterday, totaling 5,230,300 diagnoses due to the disease resulting from the new coronavirus.

The federal government considers 4,619,560 recovered cases and claims that there are 427,526 patients being monitored.

Doria: “In SP, vaccine will be mandatory”

The governor of São Paulo, João Doria (PSDB), said today that vaccination against covid-19 will be mandatory throughout the state if it is approved by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency). Doria had been repeating in recent weeks that she thought the obligation was correct, but had not yet announced the measure. According to the governor, only people with a medical certificate will be released from receiving the immunizer.

Doria also again attacked President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), accusing him of “politicizing” the vaccine. The attacks face the threat of a lack of agreement between the São Paulo government and the Ministry of Health so that CoronaVac, a vaccine developed and tested by the Butantan Institute in partnership with the Chinese laboratory Sinovac, can be distributed in other states by SUS (Sistema Único of health). The definition, according to Doria, will take place at a meeting next Wednesday (21).

The São Paulo government’s idea is to have CoronaVac approved by Anvisa (National Health Surveillance Agency) in time to start vaccinating health professionals in December in the state. The tests are due to be completed this weekend and the results will be delivered to the agency on Monday.

“In São Paulo it will be mandatory, except for those who have medical advice and a certificate that they cannot take. And we will adopt legal measures if there is a contradiction in this regard,” said Doria during a press conference at Palácio dos Bandeirantes, in São Paulo.

Vehicles come together for information

In response to the Jair Bolsonaro government’s decision to restrict access to data on the covid-19 pandemic, media outlets Twitter, The State of S. Paulo, Folha de S.Paulo, O Globo, G1 and Extra formed a consortium to work collaboratively to seek the necessary information directly from the state health departments of the 27 units of the Federation.

The federal government, through the Ministry of Health, should be the natural source of these figures, but recent attitudes by authorities and the president himself question the availability of the data and its accuracy.

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