Brazil virus death toll reaches 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL –
Brazil reached 28,834 deaths from coronavirus on Saturday, according to the authorities, surpassing France, which was hard hit and becoming the country with the fourth global death toll.

At the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic in South America, Brazil has also seen an increase of 33,274 cases in the past 24 hours – a new daily record, the Ministry of Health said.

This number brings Brazil’s total workload to 498,444, the second highest in the world, lagging behind the United States.

Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro remain the hardest hit states in terms of numbers, while per capita rates are higher in the poor north and northeast of the country, where health facilities reach their maximum capacity .

The Brazilian Ministry of Health has indicated that “there is no way to predict” when the country’s epidemic will peak, and experts say the number of cases could be 15 times higher than the confirmed figure because there have been no generalized tests.

The pandemic spreads across Brazil in a cloud of confrontation, as governors and mayors apply restrictive measures while President Jair Bolsonaro, who has put his reelection hopes on a booming economy, has chastised them for to have imposed what he calls “the tyranny of total quarantine.” “

United States. the death toll is now 103,685. The UK, meanwhile, has a toll of 38,376 and Italy rises to 33,340, according to a final AFP count.

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