Brazil surges past 70,000 virus deaths Jul 12, 2020 0 850 12345 AFPRio de JaneiroBrazil surpassed 70,000 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the health ministry said, though the number of daily fatalities appears to be stabilising.The ministry said there had been 45,000 new infections and 1,200 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the totals to 1.8 million cases and 70,400 deaths.Brazil, a country of 212 million, is the second worst-affected country in the world after the United States.The number of deaths has doubled over the last 35 days with Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states the worst hit, respectively reporting 17,400 and 11,200 deaths.In relative terms, though, Brazil has registered 335 deaths per million inhabitants, which is less than the US with 403 or Spain’s 607.However, in some states, such as Rio de Janeiro (653), Ceara (742) and Amazonas (726), the figures are way over the national average.In four of the last five weeks, Brazil averaged more than 1,000 deaths a day.Despite the outbreak showing no sign of slowing down, several states, including Rio and Sao Paulo, have started relaxing containment measures.In Rio, bars overflowing with people and crowds crammed onto beaches have caused much concern.“Our projections show that in this scenario, the number of cases will keep rising until October-November, with fluctuations,” Domingos Alves, Health Intelligence Laboratory coordinator at the Riberao Preto faculty of medicine in Sao Paulo, told AFP.“It will be an effect of relaxing (confinement measures), contrary to the evidence collected by all the countries following World Health Organization recommendations. RELATED ARTICLES Serbia arrests 71 over virus protest violence, including Briton and Tunisian Jul 12, 2020 0 635 Guatemala stand-alone Jul 12, 2020 0 838 Bosnia stand alone Jul 12, 2020 0 838 Trump move to free ally Stone is ‘historic corruption’: Romney AFP Washington Donald Trump’s commutation of the prison sentence of longtime ally Roger Stone was a case of “unprecedented, historic corruption,” Senator Mitt Romney tweeted on Saturday, making his a rare Republican .. WHO urges aggressive virus measures as world’s cases double in six weeks AFP Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries grappling with coronavirus to step up control measures, saying it is still possible to rein it in, as some nations clamp fresh restrictions on citizens. .. Calls for harsh punishments after death of bus driver in France PARIS: French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Saturday vowed to come down hard on the perpetrators of a brutal attack on a bus driver who reportedly would not allow them to board without face masks. He promised that the .. Bulgarian president demands resignation of ‘mafia’ type government SOFIA: Bulgarian President Roumen Radev on Saturday called for the resignation of the government, which he described as having a “mafia character”, after police raids on his offices during the week which Radev blamed on .. Panama hospitals on verge of collapse as virus cases surge PANAMA CITY: Hospitals in Panama are on the brink of collapse as coronavirus cases spike in the Central American country worst hit by the pandemic, where doctors are already exhausted. With a population of four million, .. California to release 8,000 more prisoners over virus fears AFP Los Angeles California will release up to 8,000 more prisoners to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in its crowded jails, according to authorities in the US state, one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. The inmates .. US breaks own daily COVID-19 record, more than 66,000 new infections DPA Washington The United States again broke its own record for new coronavirus cases in a single day, with more than 66,600 fresh infections documented over the course of Friday, according to the latest data from Johns ..