The death milestone comes less than 5 months after Brazil recorded its first Covid-19 death.
The ministry said 100,477 people lost their lives and 3,012,412 were infected. In the past 24 hours, 905 people have died of Covid-19.
This day is marked by signs of solidarity with the victim’s family and federal government critics. Many Twitter users have tagged their messages with a hashtag # 100thollionsdeaths. In Rio de Janeiro, the Rio Peace NGO placed a hundred crosses in the sand and issued a poster asking, “Why are we second in the number of deaths?”
When cases started to rise in March and state governors began to act to stop the spread, Bolsonaro argued that the economy could not be sacrificed for public health.
He criticized uncommon on-the-spot quarantine and shelter measures, hugged supporters during demonstrations without wearing masks, and encouraged people to keep working and promoting the underdeveloped drug. Proved chloroquine as a cure.
Bolsonaro clashed with his health ministers, lost two in a month’s time, and chose a military general with no medical or public health background to take over the role.
Bolsonaro tested positive for the virus in July when cases skyrocketed in the country and the health care systems in some states became limitless.
On Thursday, Bolsonaro said on Facebook Live: “Number [of Covid-19 deaths] is reaching 100,000. We will continue our life and find a way out of this problem, “said
However, starting life is not easy for Daniel Gustavo Veloso, a 34-year-old businessman who lost his father to Covid-19.
“You don’t know how painful it was to go to the hospital and see your father inside a black trash bag, with just his face,” Veloso told CNN.
Veloso’s father, Victor Manuel Veloso Mendez, lives in Caxias do Sul, a city in the countryside of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, one of the current epicenter of the coronavirus in Brazil. Despite being elderly, suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes, Victor did not want to use the mask.
According to Veloso, Victor is a zealous follower of Bolsonaro. “He used to say things like ‘virus won’t attack me, it doesn’t exist, it’s something created by the media, by the communists, God will help me, it’s just a little flu.’ , Veloso said ..
When his father realized the severity of the illness, it was too late. “When he got to the medical unit, the amount of oxygen in his blood was already very low,” said Veloso. “He called my mom to my mother crying desperately and pleading ‘don’t leave me alone, don’t let me die.’ That was the last contact we had with him. “
Victor was intubated and died nine days later, on June 19, at the age of 64.
The sentiment of the pandemic is important in Brazil. According to Gisele Gus Manfro, a psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry in Porto Alegre, the way deaths are presented – like numbers without a face – and the feeling of helplessness before the virus is creating a ” trivialize the “barbarism” in the Country.
“The unknown is terrifying, and from the outset, people react to it with symptoms like stress, anxiety and depression. But after a certain point, it seemed to happen at once. the kind of denial… maybe to protect herself from a feeling of powerlessness, ”she said.
Distortion information also plays a part.
“Information is adversely affecting our doctors,” said Alexandre Cunha, an infectious disease specialist at the University Hospital of Brasilia, in the country’s capital. a relative asking questions about treatments or a patient requesting medication that has not been scientifically proven like hydroxychloroquine. ”
“[It] it feels like people are used to the idea that they cannot get rid of Covid-19. The country still has to deal with a high death toll and people seem paralyzed about that, “Cunha said.
Brazilians have used the Internet to create a network of affection and support. For example, the Covid-19 Support Network Host Group has 8,000 psychologists and psychiatrists providing free virtual care in the event of loss and absence.
And the Inumeráveis website, created to honor the victims of Covid-19 with personal tributes, is based on the premise that “there are people who don’t like being numbered; those who deserve to exist in prose. ” All articles were prepared by volunteer journalists using questionnaires answered by friends and family at the time of registration.
Gabriela Veiga, who works as a social media specialist for Inumeráveis, notes that the lack of proper farewell rituals, imposed by the pandemic, makes it even more difficult to talk about people who lost their lives. more important.
“Talking about their loved ones in a way of celebrating, remembering fun moments with them, for example, improves the process of mourning,” she told CNN.
Rodrigo Pedroso reports from Sao Paulo, Fernanda Wenzel from Porto Alegre and Thaize Oliveira from Rio de Janeiro. Radina Gigova contributed to this report.