Santa Catarina is no longer the state with the lowest lethality in the country due to covid-19 this Wednesday, 31. The indicator measures the percentage of people who died out of the total confirmed cases of coronavirus. With the increase in the number of deaths in March – SC closes the most critical month of the pandemic with at least 3,340 deaths in 31 days -, the State had an increase in the rate, with a fatality rate of 1.35%. This Wednesday, SC had 10,885 deaths among the 806,929 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
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The state was surpassed by Amapá, which has a 1.33% mortality rate, registering 1,302 deaths in a universe of 97,542 confirmed cases. Santa Catarina had since October 21 last year the lowest lethality rate in the country. It already had reached the mark in July, but with the wave of deaths in August it had been overcome by Roraima, until it recovered the best national rate in October.
Santa Catarina’s 1.35% index is the highest since August 30, a period in which the indicator suffered an abrupt reduction, because the state government released, at once, one day later,over 30,000 new cases of coronavirus from previous weeks which were detected after review in databases integrated with the Ministry of Health, private laboratories and municipalities.
Since going through the first wave of cases and deaths in August last year, the state has achieved the best lethality rate in the pandemic between December 4 and 10, with 1.01%. Then it started to rise gradually, with more speed as of March 1st.
The increase in lethality in Santa Catarina accompanies the movement in Brazil, which reached the lowest rate in 11 months between the 7th and 9th of March, with 2.41% of index, but returned to present growth afterwards. On Wednesday, the national rate was 2.5%.
Both Brazil and Santa Catarina had drastic reductions in the lethality rate as of May last year, because states and municipalities started to invest more in testing the population. As a result, the number of officially confirmed cases of the disease rose, causing the number of deaths to have less proportional participation.
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In Brazil, the highest lethality rate is in Rio de Janeiro, with 5.67%, followed by Pernambuco (3.49%) and Amazonas (3.44%). In the South, Paraná has a rate of 1.98%, and Rio Grande do Sul, 2.33%.
More data on the pandemic are available on the Coronavirus Dashboard.
Watch the animation below that shows the evolution of deaths by covid-19 in 12 months in the municipalities of SC since the beginning of the pandemic:
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