The Situation in Brazil as of July 9
Brazil is now a global hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 1,200 deaths a day. President Bolsonaro has tested positive for COVID-19, along with governors of the states of Santa Catarina, Mato Grosso, Espírito Santo, Roraima, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Alagoas, and Pará. Two of these governors are from states in the Southeast, the region with the largest number of cases in the country. Many of these states are now re-opening their economies without public health protections in place. Combined with rising population mobility, conditions for catastrophic spread of the virus are present in many Brazilian states.