Horrific scenes unfold in hospitals overcrowded with people dying as they await treatment in several cities, and health systems on the brink of collapse in many areas. The country’s death toll is now nearly 337,000, second only to the United States (US).
Even so, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lock -up measures to curb the spread of the epidemic in the country.
He argues that the economic damage will be worse than the effects of the virus itself, and has tried to lift some of the restrictions imposed by local authorities in courts.
Speaking to supporters outside the presidential residence on Tuesday, he criticized the quarantine measures which he accused of causing obesity and depression as well as causing unemployment. He did not comment on the 4,195 deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.
Data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health, recorded more than 13 million cases new Corona virus . Some 66,570 people died from COVID-19 in March, more than double the previous monthly record.
According to the Fiocruz health agency in most states, patients with COVID-19 use more than 90% of intensive care unit beds even though the numbers have stabilized since the past week.