Brazil recorded a record 4,195 coronavirus deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time. Brazil thus became the third country to exceed this threshold, with only the United States and Peru having higher numbers.
The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported that the number of ill people in the country is close to 340,000. Local authorities claim that the number of cases has dropped after a week of partial lockdown.
Despite the high death rate, businesses and institutions continue to open in Brazil (for example, churches have opened for Easter celebrations). Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any restrictions that would harm the economy.
Health expert Miguel Lago said that reopening public places is a mistake that could lead to more deaths.
According to the research website Our World in Data, less than 3 percent of the 210 million people in Brazil have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine. Severe patients already occupy more than 90% of the oxygen beds in Brazil’s intensive care units.