Brazil hits 300K COVID-19 deaths

Brazil has reached another bleak milestone: 300,000 Covid-19 related deaths after hitting an alarming single-day record of 3,251 deaths on Tuesday, March 23.

The country remains second only to the U.S. in the total number of fatalities and cases but is now reporting more daily fatalities than any other country in the world.

Overall, cases in Brazil surpassed 12 million, and the number of daily infections is still high with over 70,000 new cases.

That is putting a lot of pressure on the healthcare system.  According to the Brazilian research institute Fiocruz, in 15 of Brazil’s largest cities, 90% of ICU beds are occupied.

While Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, continues to oppose lockdowns and most other mitigation measures, governors and mayors throughout the country are taking matters into their own hands to slow infections and bring relief to a healthcare system that is on the verge of collapse.

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