COVID-19: Brazil crosses monthly death record

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Brazil reached 67,977 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday since the beginning of April, surpassing the record for March when more than 66,000 deaths from the coronavirus had been recorded, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.

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The country of 212 million people has recorded 3,076 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number since April 1 to 67,977. Over the entire month of March, 66,573 deaths were recorded.

During the last seven days, an average of 2,545 daily deaths for more than 60,000 contaminations has been recorded. On Saturday, 71,137 new infections were identified.

Despite this monthly record, the death curve is stabilizing.

“Over the past two weeks, there has been a stabilization of cases and deaths from COVID-19,” the Fiocruz Foundation, an organization that depends on the Ministry of Health, said in its epidemiological bulletin on Friday.

In total, Brazil has deplored 389,492 deaths since the appearance of a first case of COVID-19 in February 2020, making it the second most bereaved country in absolute numbers in the world by the pandemic, behind the United States. United.

The number of cases and deaths began to increase exponentially from January, especially due to the circulation of the Amazon variant, P1, which is more contagious. Prior to March, the deadliest month was July 2020 with 32,881 dead.

The number of young people placed in intensive care or who have died has increased considerably. At the beginning of April, “the 20 to 29 year old group recorded the largest increase in the number of deaths due to COVID-19 (1.018%)”, indicates the Fiocruz Foundation.

Regarding contamination, the highest increase concerns people between 40 and 49 years old (1.173%).

The South American country has so far vaccinated 5.8% of its population, or 12.4 million people.

For several weeks, restrictive measures began to be lifted in many states, including those of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the pandemic, is being criticized from all sides for his handling of the health crisis and a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (ICC) is due to start working next week on government “omissions”.

On Friday, the head of state threatened to send the army if measures restricting mobility put in place by local authorities were maintained.