Brazil’s Indigenous People, photo Credit: Getty Images
Brazil’s indigenous peoples are reportedly dying at an alarming rate from coronavirus as the Johns Hopkins University reports new confirmed covid-19 cases and deaths worldwide.
Most of the indigenous peoples are believed to be far from hospitals and lacking basic infrastructure.
Advocacy group, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) made this known as it tracks the number of cases and deaths among Brazil’s estimated 900,000 Indigenous People.
According to APIB, it has recorded over 980 officially confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 125 deaths among indigenous peoples. That represents a mortality rate of 12.6 percent for indigenous peoples compared to the national rate of 6.4 percent.
A 15-year-old Yanomami boy from a remote village in the Amazon is believed to be one of the first indigenous Brazilians to have died of coronavirus in April 2020.
Executive Coordinator and member of the Tuxa people in Northeastern Brazil, Dinaman Tuxa, says “the coronavirus has taken advantage of years of public neglect.”
“Our communities are often in remote, inhospitable regions without access or infrastructure,” he bemoaned, adding that in the Tuxa community of about 1,400 persons, there are no hospitals, with the nearest Intensive Care Unit being four-and-half hour drive away.
Brazil has recorded over 349,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and over 22,000 deaths.
Meanwhile, African Entertainment checks on the Johns Hopkins University’s website shows that confirmed Covid-19 cases around the world have increased to 5,313,816.
The University says deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic have also increased to 342,141.
It says infected regions remain 188, with the US still leading the global chart followed by Brazil and the UK.
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