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May 17, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Shocking infant and child Covid mortality rate in Brazil

By Paul Dennis

17 May

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 163,120,000 with more than 3,380,000 deaths and 111,617,000 recoveries reported.

The US continues to hold the lead as the most heavily affected country worldwide, followed by India and Brazil.

India continues to report devastatingly high numbers of new cases and deaths, although new daily cases seem to be on a gradual decline.

In the US, due to a slowdown in Covid-19 vaccinations, some states like New Orleans and Ohio have begun door-to-door efforts to overcome vaccine hesitancy and increase access to the vaccine.

In Brazil, Covid-19 appears to be killing infants and young children at a shockingly high rate.

Healthcare personnel are struggling to understand why the virus is having such a big impact on children, but suspect it could be the result of a variant.

However, there is little data on the impacts of variants in young children.

There is also a lack of comparable infant and child Covid-19 mortality data from other countries because the impact of the virus is tracked differently from country to country.

Ana Fernandez Menjivar, MSc DLSHTM, Senior Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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