BRAZIL’S brutal Covid-19 plague has been branded a “biological Fukushima” by worried scientists after daily deaths surged past the 4,000 mark.
Hospitals are now at breaking point with people dropping dead as they await treatment amid the rise of super-mutant strains which “threaten” the global fight against the virus.
A victim of the Covid-19 pandemic is buried in a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro[/caption]
“But the University of Washington released another estimate suggesting if the rate of transmission goes up by about 10 per cent, we could get to 600,000 deaths.
“It’s a nuclear reactor that has set off a chain reaction and is out of control. It’s a biological Fukushima.”
His comment was a reference to the shocking explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan sparked by a tsunami in 2011.
He also warned of the increased threat of worrying new strains of the virus as the death toll hit 337,000 – now second only to the US on 555,000.
“We are brewing new variants every week and some of them may more lethal.. eventually make it to the entire world.”
The daily death toll in the South American nation has now surged past 4,000[/caption]
Commuters cram onto a rail station platform in Sao Paulo[/caption]
Hospitals are reported to be at breaking point – with witnesses likening them to scenes from a medieval plague outbreak as oxygen supplies run low.
Epidemiologist Ethel Maciel said the country was in a “dreadful situation”.
He told the AFP news agency: “At the rate we’re vaccinating… the only way to slow the extremely fast spread of the virus is an effective lockdown for at least 20 days.”
And last month he told crowds in Rio de Janeiro to “stop whining” about the virus.
Speaking to reporters, Mr Bolsonaro said: “Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?”
Yesterday, economy minister Paulo Guedes said: “We think that probably two, three months from now Brazil could be back to business.”
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Last week, we reported how an overflowing cemetery in Brazil was digging up 1,000 skeletons to make room for more Covid victims.
In ghoulish pics, gravediggers have been snapped deep within the graves of Sao Paulo’s Vila New Cachoeirinha cemetery.
Donned in protective white hazmat suits, they’ve been busy tearing open the tombs of people buried years ago, and bagging decomposed remains for removal to another location.