Brazil reported 1,641 Covid-19-related deaths on Tuesday – the highest one-day total in the pandemic, according to data from the country’s health ministry.
The country has now recorded a total of 10,646,926 cases and 257,361 deaths, according to official data.
Brazil has the second highest death toll in the world, after the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Amid crippling numbers and an alarming shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão has defended the government’s position against a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Mourão said the country was “not a dictatorship” and that the best way to fight the pandemic was to speed up the roll-out of the vaccination, which “is going well”.
Brazil has vaccinated just over 3% of its population, and 19 of its 26 states occupy an intensive care unit of over 80%, according to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a research institution of the Brazilian ministry of Health.
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