Brazil, one of the most affected countries by the covid-19 pandemic with high death tolls is bracing for a third wave occurrence, due to vaccination delays and lack of containment measures.
Each pandemic wave has been successively worse in the country, with at least 1000 deaths per day in July 2020 during the first wave and 3,000 deaths per day in April 2021 during the second wave.
The death rate has since reduced, with an average of around 1,600 deaths per day over the past week, and Brazilians have largely gone back to business.
According to experts, Brazil is being threatened with a third wave with the southern hemisphere winter approaching again.
Epidemiologists also said the country has been slow to vaccinate its 212 million population, and hasty in lifting state and local stay-at-home measures.
However, risky virus variants including the “Gamma” strain that emerged in Brazil itself, plus the first cases of the “Delta” strain that emerged in India threaten to accelerate the spread of the disease.
Covid-19 has already claimed more than 470,000 lives in Brazil, second only to the United States.