The result’s a nation navigating in the dead of night, specialists mentioned, with out the flexibility to hint and comprise transmission, not to mention observe the unfold of harmful new virus variants in actual time.
Brazil’s public well being system and main non-public laboratories carried out about 44,000 each day PCR checks – the gold normal for figuring out the novel coronavirus – within the final week of February, the most recent public well being ministry knowledge present.
That was down by practically a 3rd from Brazil’s peak for testing: greater than 65,000 per day within the third week of December.
By comparability, the US – the one nation with extra whole Covid-19 deaths – has averaged over one million checks per day within the final 9 months.
Brazil’s well being ministry didn’t reply questions in regards to the decline in testing. Current ministry notes cited investments to extend testing capability.
“There’s no justification,” mentioned Diego Xavier, a public well being researcher for the Fiocruz biomedical institute. “We’ve processed extra checks earlier than. So the one rationalization is a discount within the testing program at a time after we needs to be rising it.”
One in three checks in Brazil have been optimistic in late February, ministry knowledge present, far above the benchmark 5% positivity fee cited by the World Well being Group for international locations containing their outbreaks.