Technologyreview 22/09/20 A city in Brazil where covid-19 ran amok may be a ‘sentinel’ for the rest of the world. What happens when a major city allows the coronavirus to rage unchecked?
If the Brazilian city of Manaus is any answer, it means about two-thirds of the population could get infected and one person in 500 could die before the epidemic winds down. During May, as the virus spread rapidly in Manaus, the equatorial capital of the state of Amazonas, dire reports described overwhelmed hospitals and freshly dug graves. Demand for coffins ran at four to five times figures for the previous year. But since hitting a peak four months ago, new coronavirus cases and deaths in the city of 1.8 million have undergone a rapid and unexplained decline.
Now a group of researchers from Brazil and the United Kingdom say they know why—so many people got infected that the virus is running out of hosts. “From what we learned this is probably the highest prevalence in the world,” Sabino said in a phone interview. That’s exactly what’s happening in Manaus, the authors believe. LE MONDE 20/06/20 Le Brésil a longtemps été efficace dans sa lutte contre les épidémies... jusqu’au nouveau coronavirus.
FAS USDA 16/06/20 Brazil: Brazilian Agricultural Sector Thrives Despite COVID-19 Pandemic. FRANCE INFO 27/05/20 Coronavirus : "La situation est sensible dans l'est de la Guyane", frontalier du Brésil. REUTERS 27/05/20 Potential meat plant closures could hit Brazil's BRF production levels: CEO. PIGSITE 17/03/20 Brazilian meatpackers may suspend operations amidst coronavirus supply chain woes. PIGSITE 04/06/20 Brazil’s labour prosecutors. PIGSITE 04/06/20 Brazil’s labour prosecutors attempt to close pork plant due to coronavirus outbreak. In a document sent to Reuters, Brazilian labour prosecutors filed a petition with a local court demanding the closure of a JBS SA pork plant in Rio Grande do Sul due to a COVID-19 outbreak among plant workers.
A decision is still pending. The prosecutors brought the case to close the facility after JBS failed to stem outbreaks of the coronavirus in its production units. According to evidence presented before the court, 21 out of 1,700 workers in that JBS factory have tested positive for the COVID-19 respiratory disease, and two are hospitalised. The plant in Ana Rech, a district belonging to the town of Caxias do Sul, remains open, a JBS spokeswoman said without elaborating. The company declined to comment on ongoing lawsuits and reiterated it has adopted a strict health protocol against the COVID-19 pandemic.
PIGSITE 03/06/20 Officials report 2,400 COVID-19 infections among meat plant workers in Brazilian state. Reuters reports that the prosecutors estimate 2,399 employees from 24 slaughterhouses in 18 municipalities in Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul have been infected.
The translates to 25.7 percent of the 9,332 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Sunday 31 May, according to health ministry statistics. The findings corroborate evidence that meatpackers have become hotspots in Brazil for the coronavirus. Overall, Brazil has more than 500,000 cases and nearly 30,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally. Brazil is the world's biggest beef and chicken exporter and the fourth largest pork exporter. In a separate statement on Thursday 28 May, Rio Grande do Sul Senator Paulo Paim said meatpackers in the state employ 50,000 people. According to Brazil's agriculture ministry, the country has 446 meat plants, including 194 beef, 148 poultry, 90 pork plants and 14 for other types of meat.
PIG PROGRESS 27/05/20 Pork plant workers in Brazil infected with Covid-19. In various states in Brazil pig and poultry slaughterhouses are among the places where Covid-19 has proved to be prevalent.
In that sense, the situation is comparable to North America and Europe. So far, no pigs had to be euthanised. MIRAGE NEWS 04/06/20 Brazilian meat processing bracing for COVID impacts. Around the globe, countries are at various stages of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
For global meat supply chains, the impact of reduced processing capacity has been evident across markets and species, as discussed in this recent US update. While US beef production is recovering, other major suppliers, particularly Brazil, are now facing similar difficulties as they attempt to maintain healthy workforces and keep facilities operating. US beef production improving as processors adopt safety measures Beef production in the US is recovering after contracting through May, as many plants were forced to temporarily close or slow chain speeds due to COVID-19.
Keeping in mind last Monday was the Memorial Day public holiday, US slaughter reached 524,000 head for the week ending 29 May, 19% higher than four-weeks ago but still down 11% on last year. For more detail on the US, please read the weekly US report from Steiner Consulting. MEDRXIV 29/04/20 Several countries in one: a mathematical modeling analysis for COVID-19 in inner Brazil. LE MONDE 03/06/20 Devenu épicentre de l’épidémie de Covid-19, le Brésil préoccupe ses voisins. Plus de 14 000 km de frontières avec dix pays.
Et plus d’un demi-million de cas de Covid-19 – un collectif de scientifiques estime ce chiffre entre 4,2 et 6 millions. Le géant sud-américain de 210 millions d’habitants est devenu une des préoccupations majeures de ses voisins – dont la France –, alors qu’il est désormais le deuxième pays au monde qui comptabilise le plus grand nombre de cas, après les Etats-Unis. La barre des 30 000 morts a été franchie mardi 2 juin, avec 1 263 nouveaux décès en un jour, un record.
Pourtant, le gouvernement de Jair Bolsonaro continue de minimiser la situation. Aucun confinement n’a été décrété au niveau national. Article réservé à nos abonnés Lire aussi Acculé, Jair Bolsonaro provoque un climat de fièvre politique au Brésil Brasilia a pris le contre-pied du reste du continent. FIRSTPOST 02/06/20 In single Brazilian state, some 2,400 meat plant workers catch coronavirus, officials say. SAO PAULO (Reuters) - More than a quarter of the confirmed novel coronavirus cases in Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul are among meat plant workers, the labor prosecutors' office said on Monday.
The prosecutors said in a statement that an estimated 2,399 employees from 24 slaughterhouses in 18 municipalities of the state have been infected. That equates to 25.7% of the 9,332 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Rio Grande do Sul as of Sunday, according to health ministry statistics. FAPESP_BR 01/04/20 54.8% of COVID-19 cases imported to Brazil by March 5 came from Italy. In contrast with China and other countries where the disease spread slowly, in Brazil more than 300 people started the epidemic.
Most were passengers flying in from Italy (image: Wikimedia Commons) April 01, 2020. CONTAGIONLIVE 14/04/20 Most COVID-19 Cases Imported to Brazil Came from Italy, Study Finds. More than half of Brazil’s imported cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) came from Italy, according to a new study.
The analysis is based on air traffic data between February and March, encompassing inbound traffic to Brazil from 29 countries where the novel coronavirus was known to be present. The study, published in the Journal of Travel Medicine, suggests that as of March 5th, 54.8% of Brazil’s imported COVID-19 cases were brought to the country from Italy. China, the early epicenter of the crisis, was responsible for just 9.3% of Brazil’s imported cases.
Another 8.3% of imported cases came from France. The findings highlight the degree to which Europe has become an important transmission route for the disease. Co-author Ester C. Cad. Saúde Pública 36 (4) 06 Apr 2020 Food (in)security in Brazil in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The international spread of the new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 has led interruption of the population’s daily activities, due to the need for social distancing in order to slow the dissemination of the disease, which has reached 190 countries in four months, including Brazil 11.
World Health Organization. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. (acessado em 19/Mar/2020). . The main signs and symptoms of the virus are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing 22.