“It’s a nuclear reactor that has set off a chain reaction and is out of control. It’s a biological Fukushima.”
His comment was a reference to the shocking explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan sparked by a tsunami in 2011.
He also warned of the increased threat of worrying new strains of the virus as the death toll hit 337,000 – now second only to the US on 555,000.
Dr Nicolelis said: “Brazil is now not only epicentre of the pandemic worldwide it’s a threat to entire effort of international community to control the pandemic on the planet.
“We are brewing new variants every week and some of them may more lethal.. eventually make it to the entire world.”