Brazil Threatens to Exit WHO as COVID-19 Numbers Grow

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has threatened to exit the World Health Organization, saying the body was a “partisan political organization”, according to the BBC.

Brazilian government websites have also stopped publishing the cumulative total of coronavirus cases and deaths, and instead will only publish new cases and deaths in the last 24 hours.

After most European countries have flattened the curves of COVID-19 infections and the U.S. has also begun to do so, new outbreak centers around the world have emerged. Brazil and Russia are now the most affected countries in the world after the U.S. and India comes fifth. While the growth of COVID-19 infections has slowed some in Russia, the curve for Brazil is still very much pointing upwards.

Outbreaks are also growing in Peru, Chile, Pakistan and Mexico, according to data by the European CDC compiled by Our World in Data. Out of all countries with more than 50,000 cumulative cases outside of Europe, some nations have also been successful in flattening the curve of infections – among them Turkey and China.