"Brazil records over half a million covid deaths in the emergence of a third wave of the virus"
The death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 500,000 in Brazil, the world's second-highest country, as experts warn that the outbreak could grow due to delayed vaccination and the onset of winter.
As President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to support measures such as social distance, the infection continues to spread.
The situation is "serious," according to Fiocruz, a health institute. Only 15% of adults have received all of their vaccines.
President Bolsonaro has been criticized for not coordinating a national response and for his scepticism of vaccines, lockdowns, and mask-wearing restrictions, all of which he has pushed to relax.
The president has been accused by the opposition of delaying vaccine purchases for political reasons, as he has continuously downplayed the severity of the pandemic.
More transmissible varieties of the virus, such as the one first identified in the Amazon region and now known as Gamma, has fueled the outbreak in Brazil. In the last week, an average of 70,000 cases had been confirmed per day.
In most states, the rate of intensive care unit bed occupancy is at or above 80%.
In the protest of current situation, thousands of people gathered in Rio de Janeiro's central area, holding flags with inscriptions like "Get out Bolsonaro", "Government of Hunger and Unemployment."