Brazil: Highest daily death toll since pandemic started

Record daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths in Brazil. 4,195 people died there in the last 24 hours.

In the last day, 86,979 infections were also found, thus the total number of infections since the beginning of the pandemic has increased to 13,100,580. A total of 336,947 people have died.

After the US, Brazil is the second country in the world hardest hit by the coronavirus.

According to the AFP agency, there are many indications that the pandemic in Brazil got out of control of the local authorities. In just six days in April, the country recorded more than 15,000 deaths, averaging 2,757 a day. Experts fear an even greater catastrophe than last March, when the coronavirus killed more than 66,000 people.

Hospitals are overcrowded in most cities. In Sao Paulo, the country’s most populous city and economic capital, buses, usually used for school transport, began to be used to transport bodies. There are more and more problems in cemeteries, where burials now take place around the clock, also at night, because the constant influx of new bodies during the day was not dealt with.

Despite this disastrous situation, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, long criticized by the opposition and many medical experts for the chaotic management of the pandemic, continues to challenge epidemic restrictions imposed by mayors and state governors.

The situation is not improved by the vaccination campaign, which is considered by specialists to be too slow. So far, the first dose has been received by almost 20 million people, or 9.8 percent. population, and the other 5.8 million (2.7%).

“With vaccination needs so high, the only way to effectively contain the spread of the virus is to impose a full lockdown, not just partial restrictions, in most states,” said Espirito Santo state professor Ethel Maciel.

On Tuesday, Bolsonaro spoke on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the purchase and then launch of Sputnik V vaccine production in Brazil.

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