Regional News • Americas • Brazil
2020-06-04T19:00:02+00:00

Spike in Covid-19 related deaths among Brazil's indigenous tribes

According to Reuters, the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB) stated that deaths among Brazil’s indigenous populations had increased five-fold in the past month to 182 by June 1. Epidemiologists had hoped remote tribe locations might protect the tribes, but this is not happening.

The official death toll provided by Brazil’s Health Ministry is smaller, putting the number of dead at only 59. The discrepance comes from the fact the Brazilian government only classify indigenous deaths if they occurred among tribes living on reservations but not those of people who have migrated to cities.

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