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Covid-19: Lack of testing in Brazil is a “major failure,” says MSF

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2659 (Published 02 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2659

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  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London, UK

Brazil is ignoring the evidence by failing to take the necessary public health measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, according to the humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). It said that case detection through testing was a “major failure” in the country.

As of 1 July, World Health Organization figures show that Brazil had 1 368 195 confirmed cases and 58 314 deaths from covid-19—the highest in the world after the US.1

MSF said that a lack of tests and inadequate testing was not helping the authorities prepare for the crisis or give its people the right message about the need for caution and social distancing.

The non-governmental organisation earlier reported that testing is being rolled out at an incredibly slow pace in Brazil, with 7500 tests per million people, which …

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