Brazil has once again recorded a single-day record for deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, as the head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned that nearly all states across the country are seeing a rise in infections.
The Brazilian Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 2,286 people had died in the previous 24 hours – up from 1,972 deaths reported a day earlier.
More than 268,000 people have died in Brazil since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University data – the second-highest death rate in the world after the United States.
The country also reported 79,876 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, increasing its total to more than 11.1 million infections.
During a news briefing, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne warned that “cases are on the rise in nearly every Brazilian state and over the last week, the country reported its second-highest rate of infections and its deadliest day since the pandemic began”.