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Covid-19: Brazil reports 2000 daily deaths for the first time

Covid-19: Brazil reports 2000 daily deaths for the first time

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New Delhi: The Brazilian health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 2000 daily deaths for the first time. The second wave of coronavirus in Brazil has collapsed the health system in several mid-sized cities.

The Brazilian health ministry said 2,286 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours. The previous record had been set on Tuesday with 1,954 deaths.

According to the Health Ministry of Brazil, more than 11 million people are infected by the coronavirus so far and around 270 thousand deaths are registered in the country.

Earlier Wednesday, President Jair Bolsonaro, who has long downplayed the risks of the virus, wore a mask in an event at the presidential palace in capital Brasilia for the first time in months.

He also sanctioned a bill that makes the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines easier. So far less than 5 percent of Brazilians have been gotten their shots against the disease.

Brazil is the third most coronavirus-affected country in the world after the USA and India.

_Vinayak

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