Brazil has recorded quite 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time, as a more contagious variant fuel an enormous surge in cases.
Hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they await treatment in some cities, and therefore the health system is on the brink of collapse in many areas.
The country’s total price is now almost 337,000, second only to the US.
But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lockdown measures to curb the outbreak.
He argues that the damage to the economy would be worse than the consequences of the virus itself, and has tried to revert a number of the restrictions imposed by local authorities in the courts.
Speaking to supporters outside the presidential residence on Tuesday, he criticized quarantine measures claiming they were linked to obesity and depression and led to unemployment. He didn’t discuss the 4,195 deaths recorded within the past 24 hours.
To date, Brazil has recorded quite 13 million cases of coronavirus, consistent with the health ministry. Some 66,570 people died of Covid-19 in March, quite double the previous monthly record.
About the Brazil variant
Fiocruz says it’s detected 92 variants of coronavirus within the country, including the P.1, or Brazil, variant, which has become a cause for concern because it’s thought to be much more contagious than the original strain.
The variant is thought to have emerged in Amazonas state in November 2020, spreading quickly in the state capital Manaus, where it accounted for 73% of cases by January 2021, according to figures analyzed by researchers in Brazil.
It has been linked to a spike in infections and deaths in several South American countries.