Why has Brazil been so badly hit by coronavirus? – video explainer

By Tom Phillips, Maheen Sadiq and Nikhita Chulani,
22 May 2020 

The spread of coronavirus has been catastrophic in Brazil, with the country now ranking third for infections behind only the US and Russia. The infection rate has been growing rapidly in Latin America, and as global infections passed 5 million, Brazil reported a record 19,951 cases on 20 May, according to the ministry of health, taking total infections to 291,579.

From a sceptical president to a healthcare system on the verge of collapse, the Guardian’s Tom Phillips explains the factors that have put Brazil at risk of becoming the next hotspot for the virus