After eight weeks leading the world ranking of deaths by COVID-19, Brazil left the top of the list, and the United States (USA) resumed the position of the nation with more deaths in the pandemic. The data for week 31 (between July 26 and August 1) are contained in the epidemiological bulletin released today by the Ministry of Health in the information in the publication “Our World in Data”.
According to data from the ministry, Brazil recorded 7,114 deaths (daily average of 1,016) from COVID-19 in the last epidemiological week, or 7.3% less than the 7,677 recorded in epidemiological week 30 (from 19 to 25 July). The United States has seen a further rise in the number of deaths and closed the last week with 7,768 deaths. The third place in last week’s ranking was India, with 5,153 deaths.
Brazil had taken the lead in the world ranking in week 23 (May 31 to June 6), when it registered 7,096 deaths, against 6,307 deaths in the USA at that time.
So far, the record of deaths in one week in the USA, in week 16 (April 12 to 18), when 18,277 people died.
Also according to the ministry’s bulletin, until August 1, Brazil had 2,707,877 cases and 93,563 deaths confirmed by COVID-19.
“SE [epidemiological week] 31 ended with a reduction of 2.0% (-6,289) in the number of new cases registered in relation to SE 30, which is considered a stabilization in the number of cases. The daily average of new cases recorded was 44,766, against 45,665 seen in week 30 “, says the bulletin.
Incidence of new cases and deaths grows in the countryside
Among the regions of the country, the North continues with a drop in the numbers of new cases and deaths, while the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast have a tendency of stability. The South presents a scenario of the evolution of the epidemic.
In the last week, 4,834 municipalities presented new cases and 1,523 municipalities, new deaths.
“Over time, there has been a transition from cases of COVID-19 in cities that are part of metropolitan regions to cities in the interior of the country. In SE 13, 87% of new cases came from capitals and metropolitan regions and 23 % of other cities in the country. “
The bulletin adds that “from SE 25 to SE 31 most new cases were registered in cities in the interior of Brazil. At the end of SE 31, 58% of registered cases of the disease in the country came from cities in the interior. In relation to new deaths, there was also an increase in the proportion of records outside the metropolitan regions, from 11% in SE 13 to a percentage of 48% at the end of SE 31 “, points out the document.