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Brazil’s indigenous population dying from COVID-19 at alarming rate

Posted: Monday, May 25, 2020. 4:16 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Indigenous people in Brazil are dying from COVID-19 at a rate that doubles the national average, according to an article published today on Vice.com.

The article notes that COVID-19 had a mortality rate of 12 percent among Brazil’s indigenous population and attributes the statistic to information obtained for the advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), which is tracking the number of cases and deaths among the country’s 900,000 indigenous people.

The APIB’s latest figures showed that, of the 980 confirmed cases among indigenous populations, 125 of them have died, making for a mortality rate of 12.4 percent, while the Brazil national average death rate from COVID-19 is only 6.4 percent.

The group notes that the virus is reaching indigenous territories across Brazil with “frightening speed,” and suspects that as much as 40 of the country’s 300 separate indigenous groups are thought to have been infected already.

With a total of 360,000 confirmed cases and over 22,000 deaths, Brazil is now the world’s second worst-hit country from COVID-19, coming behind the United States which has over 1.7 million cases and almost 100,000 dead.

 

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