More than 4,000 COVID deaths have been recorded in a single day in Brazil.
The outbreak is overwhelming hospitals in the South American nation – and scientists are forecasting that the surge in fatalities will soon surpass the worst of a record January wave in the US.
Even though Brazil’s population is two-thirds that of America’s, the country’s overall death tolls from COVID-19 now stands at 337,000 – second only to the US on 555,000.
While the US focuses on rolling out vaccines, the more contagious Manaus variant of the disease and a lack of lockdown restrictions has left Brazil’s outbreak to spiral out of control.
A total of 86,979 new cases were reported in Brazil yesterday, alongside 4,195 fatalities.
Health officials claim the large figures are the result of reporting delays over the Easter weekend.
But Brazil has continued to break new records for daily COVID deaths every week since late February._Agencies