Daily US Times: For the first time, Brazil has recorded more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in just 24 hours, as a more contagious variant of the virus fuels a surge in cases.
The health system of Brazil is on the brink of collapse in many areas, while hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they wait for treatment in some cities.
Brazil’s total Covid-related deaths are now almost 337,000, second only to the United States.
But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to oppose any lockdown measures to curb the spread of the virus.
The Brazilian president argues that the damage to the economy would be worse than the effects of the virus itself. Mr Bolsonaro also tried to revert some of the restrictions imposed by local authorities in the courts.
Speaking to supporters outside the presidential residence on Tuesday, the president criticised quarantine measures claiming they were linked to depression and obesity and led to unemployment. Bolsonaro did not comment on the 4,195 deaths coronavirus recorded in the past 24 hours.
Brazil has recorded more than 13 million cases of coronavirus to date, according to the health ministry.
Some 66,570 people died with the disease in March, more than double the previous monthly record.
In most states, patients with Covid-19 are using more than 90% of ICU beds though numbers have been stable since the past week, according to the health institute Fiocruz (in Portuguese). Several states in the country have reported short supplies of oxygen and sedative.