Brazil’s brutal coronavirus plague has been dubbed “organic Fukushima” by affected scientists after the daily death toll exceeded 4,000.
Hospitals in the South American nation are so overwhelmed that patients drop dead while waiting for treatment.
While a dire forecast for Brazil shows there could be 600,000 deaths by July, overtaking the US as the worst hit country in the world.
The sober projection takes place amid the rise of super mutant tribes who “threaten” the global fight against the virus.
Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, is closely following the virus and said it was “out of control” in Brazil.
He told the BBC: “It is the greatest human tragedy in Brazilian history.
“We could have killed 500,000 people by July 1st, that’s the latest estimate.
“But the University of Washington released another estimate that if the transmission rate increased by about 10 percent, we could suffer 600,000 deaths.
“It’s a nuclear reactor that started a chain reaction and got out of control. It’s a biological Fukushima.”
His worrying comparison was with the shocking explosion at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, triggered by a tsunami in 2011.
He continued, “Brazil is now not only the epicenter of the pandemic worldwide, but a threat to the overall efforts of the international community to control the pandemic on the planet.
“We brew new varieties every week and some of them could be more deadly. After all, we can make it all over the world.”
According to reports, 92 variants have now been discovered in the country, including the Brazilian variant, which is believed to be much more contagious.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported an additional 4,195 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Brazil has set daily death records every week since late February as a more contagious local variant pervades the country, coupled with a lack of social distancing.
Brazil has quickly become the epicenter of the pandemic, causing about one in four deaths a day globally, as a mass vaccination program reduces infections in the US, according to new Reuters data.
Witnesses have compared hospital scenes to a medieval disease outbreak as oxygen supplies are running low and coronavirus patients occupy more than 90 percent of intensive care beds in some parts of Brazil.
President Jair Bolsonaro has stubbornly refused to impose stricter restrictions despite the rising death rate.
He has failed to put in place mandatory mask wear and bans, which public health experts believe is one of the best ways to combat the rate of infection.
Last month, he told crowds in Rio de Janeiro to stop whining about the virus.
He said, “Enough fuss and moaning. How much longer will the crying last?”
“How much longer will you stay at home and shut everything down? Nobody can take it anymore. We regret death again, but we need a solution.”
On Tuesday, he slammed quarantine measures, suggesting with no evidence that they were related to obesity and depression.
Despite the worrying numbers on the coronavirus, the government believes the virus is under control.
Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said on Tuesday: “We believe that Brazil could be operational again in two or three months.
“Of course, economic activity is likely to decline, but it will be much, much less than the decline we suffered last year … and much, much shorter.”