By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews 

Case counts

Brazil’s Ministry of Health is now reporting 363,211 COVID-19 cases through Sunday evening, securing the country the spot as nation with the second most cases globally.


Officials say nearly 150,000 cases have recovered and death toll has risen to 22,666 (6.2% CFR).

The health ministry says despite their “ranking” globally as far as cases, when considering the population parameter, per million inhabitants, among countries around the world, Brazil ranks 55th in relation to confirmed cases and 28th in terms of the number of deaths.

Travel ban

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump issued a proclamation restricting and suspending the entry of  on foreign nationals who have been to Brazil in the last 14 days into the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, has determined that the Federative Republic of Brazil is experiencing widespread, ongoing person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 in South America: Brazil, Peru, Chile and Ecuador

The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Federative Republic of Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security, and I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. The free flow of commerce between the United States and the Federative Republic of Brazil remains an economic priority for the United States, and I remain committed to facilitating trade between our nations.

COVID-19 indigenous wing in Manaus hospital

On Tuesday, The Special Secretary for Indigenous Health of the Ministry of Health, Robson Santos da Silva will be inaugurating the Indigenous Wing at Nilton Lins Hospital in Manaus (AM).

This is the first wing dedicated to the care of indigenous patients with COVID-19 in the State of Amazonas. The articulation for the opening of the new beds was made by the Ministry of Health and Government of the State of Amazonas.

There will also be a nursing station, purge area, hygiene area, bathrooms, reception and administrative area. A space for spiritualization will be destined to shamans – spiritual leaders of indigenous peoples – and another area will be destined for setting up networks in clinical wards, respecting the culture of each ethnic group.

The Indigenous Wing will be aimed exclusively at indigenous people living in villages. Transfers to the ward for indigenous patients with COVID-19 will be carried out through the Central de Regulação do Amazonas.