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Brazil recorded 716 deaths by Covid-19 and 26,675 cases of the disease, this Wednesday (14). As a result, the country reached 151,779 deaths and 5,141,498 infections with the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic.
The data are the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Folha de S.Paulo, UOL, O Estado de S. Paulo, Extra, O Globo and G1 to gather and disclose the numbers related to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. The information is collected directly from the state Health Departments.
In addition to the consortium’s daily data, Folha de S.Paulo also shows the so-called moving average. The statistical resource seeks to give a better view of the evolution of the disease, as it attenuates isolated numbers that deviate from the pattern. The moving average is calculated by adding the result of the last seven days, dividing by seven.
According to data collected until 8 pm, the average number of deaths in the last seven days is 496, which represents a 28% drop from the average of 14 days before. Such a sharp reduction, however, may be associated with the recent holiday. On weekends and holidays, Covid-19 data is usually smaller, due to notification delays.
The initiative of the media consortium occurs in response to the attitudes of the Jair Bolsonaro government (without a party), which threatened to withhold data, delayed newsletters about the disease and removed information from the air, with the interruption of the disclosure of the total cases and deaths. In addition, the government released conflicting data.