Brazil has become the second country after the United States to pass 400,000 COVID-19 deaths, and experts have warned the daily toll could remain high for several months due to slow vaccinations and loose social restrictions.
Brazil on Thursday registered 3,001 new COVID-19 deaths, taking its total since the pandemic began to 401,186 fatalities, the Health Ministry said.
A brutal surge of coronavirus infections this year pushed hospitals around the country to the brink of their capacities and led to 100,000 deaths in just over a month.
Brazil’s COVID-19 deaths have fallen slightly from a peak of more than 4,000 in a single day in early April, prompting many local governments to ease lockdowns.
But infectious disease experts warned eased restrictions would keep deaths elevated for months, as vaccines alone cannot be counted on to contain the virus.