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British poverty activists have called for an emergency cash support program to help low-income households after UK food bank charities reported that the first full month of coronavirus blocking was “the busiest ever”.
Charities said their experience of record-breaking use of food banks in April after a huge surge in food aid in March showed that current social security safety net measures are insufficient to prevent poorer families from falling into poverty.
The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest food bank network, said it spent 89% more food parcels in April than in the same month last year, while the Independent Food Aid Network (Ifan) saw a 175% increase over the same period.
The number of families with children receiving grocery packages almost doubled in April compared to the same period last year, the Trussell Trust said, an increase he described as unprecedented.
Brazil’s deaths exceed 30,000 after a daily record increase
There were 1,262 Covid-19 deaths in Brazil today, bringing the country’s death toll to 31,199. However, the president continues to downplay the pandemic.
The numbers were released Tuesday night by the Brazilian Department of Health, which also said the number of coronavirus cases rose to 555,383, second only to the United States.
The South American country is on the brink of overtaking Italy, where 33,530 deaths have been recorded, as the country with the third highest death rate.
But right-wing extremist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who dismissed Covid-19 as “little flu,” once again removed the tragedy on Tuesday.
“I regret each of the deaths – but that is everyone’s fate,” Bolsonaro told supporters outside his palace in the capital city of Brasília.
The most populous state in Brazil, São Paulo, recorded a record death toll on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to nearly 8,000. With 5,686 deaths, Rio de Janeiro has the second highest death toll in Brazil, followed by the northeastern state of Ceará, where 3,421 people died.
Despite Bolsonaro’s rejection, scientists and medical experts believe the situation is bad and is likely to worsen. “Even in our worst nightmare, we couldn’t have imagined the situation we are in now,” wrote Drauzio Varella, doctor and broadcaster, in one of the best Brazilian newspapers last week.
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