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2020-05-19T11:56:44+00:00

Study finds Brasil to likely have 12 times more cases of coronavirus than reported

Study finds Brasil to likely have 12 times more cases of coronavirus than reported
Press conference of the Brazilian Health Ministry Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A study released by researchers at a consortium of Brazilian universities and institutes states the country likely has 12 times more cases of the new coronavirus than are being officially reported by the government.

As the country suffers from too little testing and the long wait to get test results, researchers examined the ratio of cases resulting in deaths through April 10 and compared it with data on the expected death rate from the World Health Organization.

Year to date, the number of hospitalizations for severe respiratory symptoms has been over three times higher than usual for this season, but only 12% of those have been confirmed as COVID-19.

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